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“Every player goes through that where they’re not as sharp as they usually are,” Rupp said. “A lot of it had to do with a lot of pressure that got put on Brett. His name got out there after he had a great summer up in the Cape. Without a doubt, other teams were shooting for him and wanted to prove something against him.”

The late-season starts provided a glimpse at a possibility in Cecil’s future. College closers have become valuable commodities in recent years — notably Oakland’s Huston Street and Washington’s Chad Cordero — but Cecil could take several paths.

He heard some teams might toss him into a minor league rotation to build up some innings before working in an instructional league and then re-evaluating in the fall. Cecil’s first start — a 71/3-inning outing May 6 against Florida State when he still reached the low 90s late in the game — displayed a durability that will be valuable at the pro level.

Then again, he could be fast-tracked as a reliever, with a longer-term role as a setup man a possibility.

“Of course I want to do the latter and get up as quick as possible,” Cecil said. “But I’m here to do what I love to do, and whatever role they put me in is the one I’m fine with.”

The American League scout believes Cecil’s command has improved throughout his career. Cecil added a split-finger fastball this spring to complement his slider and curve, further polishing an array of pitches that could work in either the rotation or the bullpen.

That uncertainty only adds subtext to the wait for Cecil, who could be the first Maryland player since John McCurdy (26th overall in 2002) and first Maryland pitcher since Eric Milton (20th overall in 1996) selected in the first round.

“It’s definitely going to be nerve-wracking,” Cecil said. “Hopefully I get the call real early [tomorrow]. I’m not going to sleep the night before, and then the draft isn’t until 2 p.m. I’m going to be sitting around all day not knowing what to do with myself.”