Wyatt Strahan Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 3rd Round, 93rd Pick Overall|
June 6, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC junior flame thrower Wyatt Strahan was drafted in the third round, with the 93rd pick overall by the Cincinnati Reds in day two of Major League Baseball's First Year Player Draft.
Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS), a 2014 All-Pac-12 First Team selection was the Trojans' ace this past season, putting up an overall record of 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA in 15 starts. He also tallied one save on the season, while striking out 89 in 104.1 innings of work. He struck out a career-high 13 batters vs. Utah this season. He also earned his first Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor this season after throwing his first-career complete game shutout vs. Arizona.
Strahan, who became a starter for the Trojans as a sophomore in 2013, started his USC career out of the bullpen in 2012 as a true freshman. That season he went 3-3 with a 1.37 ERA with two saves through 22 appearances. In his first season as a starter in 2013, he went 4-3 with a 2.45 ERA, with 45 strikeouts in 80.2 innings of work. In his career at USC, he was 13-11 with a 2.73 ERA. He tallied 152 strikeouts in 211.1 innings of work, while walking 108 batters.
Strahan is the first Trojan to be drafted by the Reds since pitcher Brad Boxberger was taken by the ball club in the supplemental first round in 2009.
Strahan becomes the highest Trojan drafted since catcher/pitcher Robert Stock was drafted in the 2nd round in 2009. First baseman Ricky Oropesa was also drafted in the third round of the old draft in 2011, but he was the 116th pick overall.
The third and final day of the MLB First Year Player's Draft is set for Saturday, June 7. Rounds 11-40 will be chosen, live on MLB.com, beginning at 10 a.m. PT.