EUGENE, Ore. – Eight student-athletes from the University of Oregon baseball program were selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft which was completed on Wednesday.
The eight selections are the most for the program in UO baseball history. Previously, the Ducks had four student-athletes taken in the 2010 and 1965 drafts, respectively. In total, 36 student-athletes have been selected out of the Oregon program since 1965.
Five members of the Oregon pitching staff were drafted in 2011, including four in the first seven rounds, led by Tyler Anderson. The left-hander was selected as the 20th overall pick on Monday night by the Colorado Rockies.
On Tuesday, junior right-hander Madison Boer was selected in the second round (87 overall) by the Minnesota Twins. In addition, junior right-hander Scott McGough was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth round (164 overall), while senior right-hander Kellen Moen was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the seventh round (216 overall).
On Wednesday, junior right-hander Alex Keudell was selected in the 38th round (1,168 overall) by the Minnesota Twins.
Since the UO baseball program was reinstated in 2009, the Ducks have had 10 pitchers selected on 11 occasions as Drew Gagnier was taken in both 2009 and 2010.
On Tuesday, draft eligible sophomore catcher Jack Marder was selected in the 16th round (483 overall) by the Seattle Mariners, and junior second baseman Danny Pulfer was chosen in the 19th round (574 overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
On Wednesday, three-year starting shortstop KC Serna was the final Duck to be drafted as he was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 42nd round (1,268 overall).
Since 2009, Oregon has had student-athletes selected on 15 occasions.
In addition, five members of Oregon’s 2011 signing class were also selected in the 2011 MLB Draft. Shortstop Mitchell Walding (Lodi, Calif./St. Mary’s of Stockton), was selected by Philadelphia in the fifth round (181 overall). Right-hander Cole Wiper (Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS) was chosen in the 14th round (439 overall) by Toronto, and outfielder Billy Flamion (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic HS) was selected in the 25th round (760) by Houston on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, outfielder Spencer O’Neil (Kennewick, Wash./Southridge HS) was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 33rd round as the 1,019th overall pick. In addition, right-hander Jake Reed (La Mesa, Calif./Helix HS) was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 40th round (1,221 overall).
Tyler Anderson, LHP, First Round, No. 20, Colorado Rockies
Tyler Anderson was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday evening.
The native of Las Vegas was the 20th overall pick after spending three seasons as the University of Oregon’s Friday-night starter.
Anderson was part of Oregon’s original class as the Ducks brought back baseball for 2009 after the program was discontinued following the 1981 season.
The southpaw is the program’s second first-round draft pick in the history of the club, and the first since Dave Roberts was taken as the No. 1 overall pick in 1972.
The Las Vegas native is the first pitcher to be taken in the first round in the history of the Oregon baseball program. Since 1965, Oregon has had 29 players selected in the MLB draft. Anderson is also the eighth selection for Oregon since 2009.
Anderson came to Oregon after graduating Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas in 2008. After three years with the Ducks, Anderson’s work ethic was a major reason he turned his 2008 50th round selection (Minnesota Twins) into a first-round pick in 2011.
Following his junior season on the mound, Anderson was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American second team, and was also announced as one of the 30 semifinalists for the 2011 USA Golden Spikes Award.
Anderson received Oregon’s eighth All-American honor in program history, and the first since Roberts earned the recognition in 1972.
Anderson was also named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team for the second consecutive season last Tuesday, after completing the year with an 8-3 record, 2.17 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 107 and 2/3 innings on the mound.
The left-hander holds the Oregon all-time record with 285 career strikeouts, and holds the Oregon single-season record with 114 strikeouts (2011). On March 4, Anderson dealt a career-high 14 strikeouts in a win at Long Beach State, also claiming the Oregon single-game strikeout record.
In 2010, Anderson became the first Duck named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team in 39 years, and becomes the first player since Oregon baseball was reinstated for the 2009 season to receive the honor on two occasions.
In 15 starts during the 2011 season, Anderson recorded 12 quality outings, and also posted six starts with six double-digit strikeouts. In his career, Anderson has 11 outings with double-digit strikeouts.
This year, Anderson also tossed the second complete game of his career, allowing two runs on three hits while fanning nine in the series-opening 4-2 win over Arizona April 21.
In what was presumed to be his final appearance in an Oregon uniform at PK Park on May 27, Anderson pitched the Ducks to a 4-1 victory over No. 6 Oregon State in the Civil War Series opener.
The junior left-hander held the Beavers to one run in seven and 1/3 innings, scattering four hits and fanning 10. He exited the game to a standing ovation of 3,052 in the top of the eighth.
His 17 career wins at Oregon tie for third all-time, and Anderson is the first UO pitcher to record back-to-back seasons with at least 100 strikeouts (105, 2010; 114, 2011). During his career, Anderson averaged 8.77 strikeouts per nine innings.
Since 2009, Anderson has made 46 starts on the mound for the Ducks and has pitched in four combined shutouts, while tossing 292 and 1/3 innings in a Duck uniform. Of his 285 career strikeouts, 80 were looking. He also picked off 16 runners during his career.
Anderson also spent the summer of 2010 pitching for the Collegiate National Team.
Since Oregon baseball was reinstated in 2009, Anderson is the second Oregon pitcher taken by the Colorado Rockies as the club selected Erik Stavert in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
Madison Boer, RHP, Second Round, No. 87, Minnesota Twins
Junior right-hander Madison Boer was the second Oregon Duck selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when he was take in the second round by the Minnesota Twins today.
The 6-foot-4 righty was the 87th overall pick of the draft after spending three years as both a starter and reliever at the University of Oregon.
Boer was part of Oregon’s original class as the Ducks brought back baseball for 2009 after the program was discontinued following the 1981 season.
The native of Eden Prairie, Minn., is Oregon’s 30th draft selection in the history of the program and the ninth pick since UO baseball returned to the diamond in 2009. Boer is also the seventh Oregon pitcher to be selected in the last three years at UO.Boer has been both a reliever and starter for the Ducks during his time at Oregon, producing the best season of his career in 2011.
Despite his 3-6 record, Boer managed a 2.27 ERA in 18 appearances, 12 starts and 99 innings of work while holding opposing batters to a .234 clip. Boer recorded a career-best 74 strikeouts in 2011, and finished with 159 during his career.
His eight career saves tie for third all-time at Oregon.
Boer began his junior campaign as Oregon’s Saturday-starter in the rotation, but was moved to the bullpen for the final three weekends of the year, picking up a save in each series to finish with three for the season.
Boer finished the year with 10 quality starts, and on seven occasions went at least seven innings on the hill allowing two earned runs or less – picking up the win in only three of those outings.
His season highlights included earning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors after shutting out Hawai’i for eight innings on one hit on Feb. 20. In fact Boer had back-to-back shutout performances, holding Saint Mary’s scoreless for seven and 1/3 innings in a win the following week.
He pitched the third complete game of his career, holding Arizona to two runs over nine innings and picking up the loss on April 23. Boer had another hard-luck outing after shutting out Washington on four hits while striking out a career-best nine through nine innings on April 9. The Ducks went on to lose the game in extra innings.
Out of the bullpen, Boer picked up saves in the series-clinching win over Stanford, at Washington State and in the series-opening win against No. 6 Oregon State on May 27.
Boer also ended the 2010 season as Oregon’s closer, recording saves in the Ducks’ final five wins of the year including two victories at the 2010 NCAA Norwich Regional against then 17th-ranked Connecticut.
He was named Oregon’s most improved player following the 2010 season, and after spending the 2010 summer as a reliever for the La Crosse Loggers, was rated as the No. 10 prospect in the Northwoods League according to both Baseball America and Perfect Game Crosschecker.
During three seasons at Oregon, Boer managed a 3.68 ERA and 7-15 record in 58 career appearances (second all-time).
Scott McGough, RHP, Fifth Round, No. 164, Los Angeles Dodgers
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.
Kellen Moen, RHP, Seventh Round, No. 216, Kansas City Royals
Oregon senior right-hander Kellen Moen was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the seventh round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The 6-foot-2 righty was the 216th overall pick of the draft after spending two years at the University of Oregon.
Moen is now the fourth UO pitcher to be selected in the 2011 MLB Draft and the ninth for the program since UO baseball was reinstated for the 2009 season.
During two years at Oregon after coming to the Ducks from El Camino College, Moen made 31 appearances on the mound – all in relief. He finished his UO career with a 1-4 record, 2.89 ERA, and 49 strikeouts in 46 and 2/3 innings pitched.
The native of Juneau, Alaska made just three appearances as a junior in 2010, but had a breakout season during his 2011 senior campaign and earned Pac-10 honorable mention accolades.
Moen set a new UO record with eight saves in a single season, making 28 relief appearances and tossing 41 and 1/3 innings with a 1-4 record.
Oregon’s closer pitched in four combined shutouts and struck out 43 batters while holding opponents to a .189 clip.
Moen was credited with the series-clinching saves in series wins against Saint Mary’s and San Diego, while also picking up stops against Hawai’i, Wichita State, Portland, USC, California and Gonzaga.
Jack Marder, C, 16th Round, No. 483, Seattle Mariners
Oregon sophomore catcher Jack Marder was selected in the 16th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners.
Marder, a draft-eligible sophomore, has spent two seasons with the Ducks batting .232 in 336 career at-bats. During two seasons, Marder has driven in 52 runs, and recorded 17 doubles as well as seven home runs. In addition, the native of Calabasas, Calif., has been plunked on 32 occasions.
The 483rd overall pick in the draft, Marder’s sophomore campaign in 2011 was cut short due to an injury on May 3. He missed the final 17 games the season, only making pinch-running appearances, and in 45 games played, batted .209 with 19 RBIs, six doubles and two home runs. Despite missing nearly the final month of the season, Marder still tied for the Pac-10 lead, being hit by a pitch on 17 occasions.
In the classroom, Marder, was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District VIII Second Team, as well as, the Pac-10 All-Academic second team with a 3.35 gpa.
As a freshman in 2010, Marder finished the regular season batting .249 (49-for-197) with 38 runs scored, 33 RBIs and five home runs.
Marder, who split time between first base and right field as a rookie, posted 12 multiple-hit games and six multiple-RBI games in 2010, and ended the regular season batting third in the lineup.
Out of Newbury Park High School in 2009, Marder was previously drafted in the 30th round by Arizona Diamondbacks.
Danny Pulfer, INF, 19th Round, No. 574, Arizona Diamondbacks
Oregon three-year starter Danny Pulfer was the sixth Oregon Duck selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when he was take in the 19th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks today.
Pulfer, the Ducks’ starting second baseman for the last three seasons, is just the third position player selected in the draft since UO baseball returned to the diamond in 2009.Teammate and draft eligible sophomore Jack Marder was selected in the 16th round by the Seattle Mariners today as well.
Pulfer, the 574th overall pick, was part of Oregon’s original class as the Ducks brought back baseball for 2009 after the program was discontinued following the 1981 season.
Last week, the native of Cypress, Calif., was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team, becoming the first position player to earn the honor since the Oregon program was reinstated.
During his junior campaign in 2011, Pulfer led the Ducks batting .351 with 79 hits, 16 doubles, two triples, two home runs, a .426 on-base percentage and 105 total bases. Defensively, Pulfer also helped turn 40 double plays in 2011.
In conference games only, Oregon’s leadoff batter led the league batting .387 with 43 hits, while finishing second with a .452 on-base percentage and 57 total bases. The second baseman’s .514 slugging percentage ranked fifth, while his 11 league doubles ranked third.
Pulfer set a new Oregon single-season record with 16 doubles, and also holds the program all-time record with 31. In addition, Pulfer’s 13-game hitting streak from May 10-28, was a new modern era record.
During his three-year career with the Ducks, Pulfer has batted .302 and holds the all-time records for hits (193), doubles (31), and at-bats (639). In addition, Pulfer’s 97 runs scored rank fourth all-time.
Pulfer also set a new Oregon single-game record this season with a 5-for-5 effort at USC on April 16.
During three seasons at Oregon, Pulfer has appeared in 178 games (177 starts) missing just two games and (three starts) during his career at UO.
Pulfer is the 34th Oregon player to be selected in the MLB draft and the third position player to be drafted since the program was brought back in 2009.
, RHP, 38th Round, No. 1,168, Minnesota Twins
Junior Alex Keudell was the seventh Oregon Duck selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when he was take in the 38th round by the Minnesota Twins today.
On Tuesday, Keudell’s teammate Madison Boer was selected in the second round by the Twins.
The 6-foot-3 right-hander was the 1,168th overall pick of the draft, and has spent three years as both a starter and reliever at the University of Oregon.
In three seasons with the Ducks, Keudell posts a 12-15 record with a 3.81 ERA, which has improved each season he has been in a UO uniform.
Keudell’s junior campaign was his first season as a full-time starter for the Ducks, posting a 7-3 record and 2.89 ERA while striking out 71 and walking just 24 in 90 and 1/3 innings on the mound.
During his career, the Portland native has tossed two complete games and has pitched in five combined shutouts, including three in 2011.
In the last outing of his junior season, Keudell fell just one out shy of tossing a complete game shutout as the Ducks swept their first Pac-10 series since the program was reinstated in 2009 with a 6-0 victory over then No. 6 Oregon State. Keudell held the Beavers to just two hits, and retired the final 13 batters he faced until exiting the game with two outs in the top of the ninth as senior Kellen Moen was brought out to finish off the game on senior day.
Also during his junior year, Keudell recorded eight quality starts, and on March 23 tossed a nine-inning complete game, holding 2011 West Coast Conference champion San Francisco to one unearned run on four hits while striking out a career-best 11.
His other Pac-10 wins in 2011 include victories over Washington and a series-clinching victory over then 23rd-ranked Arizona.
Out of Jesuit High School in Portland, the 2008 graduate was not selected in the MLB Draft following his senior year for the Crusaders. Keudell was part of Oregon’s original class as the Ducks brought back baseball for 2009 after the program was discontinued following the 1981 season.
Keudell is Oregon’s 35th draft selection in the history of the program and the 14th pick since UO baseball returned to the diamond in 2009. Keudell is also the 10th Oregon pitcher to be selected in the last three years at UO.
KC Serna, SS, 42nd Round, No. 1,269, Cleveland Indians
Oregon three-year starter KC Serna was the eighth Oregon Duck selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when he was taken in the 42nd round by the Cleveland Indians today.
Serna, part of the Ducks’ middle infield tandem with Danny Pulfer (Arizona Diamondbacks, 19th round), has been UO’s starting shortstop for the last three seasons.
The native of Ventura, Calif., was part of Oregon’s original class as the Ducks brought back baseball for 2009 after the program was discontinued following the 1981 season.
In three years at Oregon, Serna was named to the 2010 Norwich All-Regional Team, and was also a 2010 Pac-10 honorable mention selection following his sophomore campaign.
During his career in an UO uniform, Serna has batted .276 in 161 games. His 163 career hits rank second all-time in program history while his 93 career runs scored rank seventh.
In addition, Serna’s 26 career doubles rank third all-time while his 10 home runs are the most any UO player has recorded over the last three seasons.
Serna, the 1,268th overall selection of the 2011 MLB Draft, also used his speed to steal 35 bases in his career, a total that ranks second all-time at Oregon. Defensively, Serna helped turn 92 double plays in his last three years for the Ducks.
In 2011 as a junior, Serna batted a modest .232 with 34 runs scored, 22 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
During his sophomore season, Serna led the Ducks batting .348 with 81 hits – a UO single-season record – as well as 13 doubles, 37 runs driven in, 45 runs scored, 14 stolen bases and a .476 slugging percentage.
Serna is Oregon’s 36th draft selection in the history of the program and the 15th pick since UO baseball returned to the diamond in 2009. Serna is also the fourth UO position player to be drafted since 2009.