June 11, 2007

Major League Baseball Teams Draft Three Wildcats

Three Western Nevada Wildcats baseball players were selected on day two of the Major League Baseball Draft. Starting pitcher Justin Garcia was the first pick in the 25th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, pitcher Stephen Sauer was the first pick of the 31st round by the Devil Rays, and relief pitcher TJ Wohlever was the 14th player chosen in the 32nd round by the Atlanta Braves. With starter Cole Rohrbough, who was drafted last year and recently signed with Atlanta, that makes four Western Nevada Community College players who may be headed for professional baseball careers.

Rohrbough finished the year with a 10-3 record, a 1.34 earned run average, two shutouts, a .181 opponents' batting average, and a Scenic West Athletic Conference-leading 132 strikeouts in 99 innings.

Garcia ended the season with an 11-5 record, a 2.73 earned run average, a .241 opponents' batting average, and 79 strikeouts in 100 innings. He led the SWAC in innings pitched, wins and games started. Garcia previously signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas next year.

Sauer finished with a 6-4 record, a 2.36 earned run average, .207 opponents' batting average, and 53 strikeouts in 74 innings. Sauer signed a letter of intent last fall to play at Arizona State University.

Wohlever ended last season with a 2-0 record, a 2.33 earned run average, a .177 opponents' batting average, and 24 strikeouts in 18 innings.


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