Bob Wheatley Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 26th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft|
June 7, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Senior left-handed pitcher Bob Wheatley, was drafted by Toronto Blue Jays in the 26th round (774th pick overall) of day three of the Major League Baseball First Year Player's Draft.
Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS), a four-year pitcher for the Trojans, moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation as a junior in 2013. 2013 was arguably the best season Wheatley pitched for the Trojans, going 3-4 with a 2.78 ERA, second-lowest on the team in 13 starts. He threw 77.2 innings, striking out 38 and only walking 18 (the lowest total of any Trojan starter that season).
As a senior in 2014, Wheatley was 3-4 through 13 starts with a 4.32 ERA. He threw 58.1 innings, striking out 34 batters. He struck out a career-high 10 batters in a victory over highly-ranked Cal Poly.
Wheatley becomes the first Trojan to be drafted by the Blue Jays since first baseman Joey Metropoulos was taken in the ninth round of the 2004 draft.