EUGENE, Ore. – Junior right-hander Scott McGough was the third Oregon Duck selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when he was taken in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers today.
The 6-foot-1 righty was the 164th overall pick of the draft, and has spent three years as a reliever at the University of Oregon.
McGough entered his junior campaign ranked the 47th 2011 College Prospect by Baseball America, and was named to 2011 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Watch List after earning 2010 Pac-10 honorable mention accolades and playing on the 2010 Collegiate National Team.
During 2011, McGough finished the year with a 3.59 ERA on the hill, a 3-6 record and five saves. He tossed 57 and 2/3 innings, and struck out 62, holding opposing batters to a .248 clip.
The native of Pittsburgh, Pa., picked up wins in relief over Portland (twice) and Stanford, while also earning saves against Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco, Arizona, and Oregon State.
In three years on the mound for Oregon, McGough sports a career ERA of 3.33 in 135 and 1/3 innings tossed. His nine career saves rank second all time, while his 74 appearances on the mound are more than any other Duck in the history of the program.
During the final week of Oregon’s 2011 season, McGough made two appearances and did not allow a run in 9 and 1/3 innings of action.
In a season high five and 2/3 innings on the hill, McGough earned the win in relief and shut out Portland on three hits while dealing a career-best eight strikeouts as the Ducks won, 7-2, and claimed the season series over the Pilots on May 24.
McGough then clinched the Civil War series victory for Oregon on May 28 as he recorded his fifth save of the season, shutting out then No. 6 Oregon State and holding the Beavers without a hit for the final three and 2/3 innings as UO prevailed 4-1.
McGough is Oregon’s 31st draft selection in the history of the program and the 10th pick since UO baseball returned to the diamond in 2009. McGough is also the eighth Oregon pitcher to be selected in the last three years at UO.
This marks the second time McGough has been drafted in his amateur career. In 2008, McGough was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 46th round (1,371 overall) out of Plum High School.