June 6, 2008

Wildcats Baseball Players Going Pro

Three WNC Pitchers Get the Call in MLB Draft

Whether it's wins on the field, team grade point average, or the number of players who move on to the pros, Western Nevada College continues to put up impressive statistics.

Three pitchers on the Western baseball team have been chosen by the major league draft, and two are expected to be playing in the rookie leagues this summer. Kyle Farrell was a highly recruited pitcher out of Salem OR who has played for the Wildcats one year. The righthander had a record of 10-2, with an ERA of 1.71. He struck out 80 in 84 1/3 innings.

He was the 280th overall pick in the draft, taken by the Atlanta Braves.

"We've had eight pitchers drafted in three years, with seven signing professional contracts," Coach DJ Whittemore said today.

Jose Barajas was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in round 26. The sophomore from Las Vegas was an ace for Western all year, saving five games and starting when needed. His ERA was 2.66 and he had a won-loss record of 6-2.

Josh Moody was drafted by the Atlana Braves in round 29. He had a record of 8-4, and an ERA of 2.37. As a lower round pick, Moody is likely to forego the Braves' offer and return for his sophomore season.

The Wildcats finished one game out of first place for the regular season championship in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, and was honored by the NJCAA for having a team Grade Point Average of 3.1 during spring semester.


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