2011 Season Review
Release Date: 07/13/2011
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 June 8.
The eight selections were the most for the program in UO baseball history.
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 June 6 by the Colorado Rockies.
On June 7, 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 June 8, junior right-hander Alex Keudell was selected in the 38th round (1,168 overall) by the Minnesota Twins.
On June 7, 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 June 8, 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).
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 June 7.
On June 8, 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).
IN THE PROS
Currently, five of Oregon eight draftees have signed professional contracts. Madison Boer is currently with the Elizabethton Twins of the Rookie Appalachian League.
Scott McGough has been assigned to the Ogden Raptors of the Rookie Pioneer League along with Kellen Moen, who also plays in the RPL for the Idaho Falls Chukars.
Danny Pulfer is currently with the Yakima Bears of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League, while KC Serna is playing for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League.
Tyler Anderson, Jack Marder and Alex Keudell remain unsigned along with the five members of the 2011 who were also drafted.
Tyler Anderson was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 6.
The native of Las Vegas was the 20th overall pick after spending three seasons as the University of Oregon’s Friday-night starter.
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 was also the first pitcher to be taken in the first round in the history of the Oregon baseball program.
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, 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 single-game strikeout record.
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.
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.
Oregon juniors Tyler Anderson and Danny Pulfer were named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team on May 31.
In a vote by the league’s coaches, Anderson was named to the all-conference team for the second consecutive year, while Pulfer received the honor for the first time in his three-year career at Oregon.
It marks the first time since Oregon baseball was reinstated for the 2009 season that the Ducks have had two players named to the all-conference team, while Pulfer is also the Ducks first all-conference position player since the program returned.
Pulfer led the Ducks batting .351 (4th Pac-10) on the season with 79 hits (T-5th Pac-10), 16 doubles (T-5th Pac-10), two triples, two home runs, a .426 on-base percentage (2nd Pac-10) and 105 total bases (T-9th Pac-10). Defensively, Pulfer also helped turn 40 double plays in 2011.
In conference games only, Oregon’s leadoff batter led the league hitting .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.
A native of Cypress, Calif., 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.
Pulfer also set a new Oregon single-game record this season with a 5-for-5 effort at USC on April 16.
Senior right-hander Kellen Moen received honorable mention accolades. One of Oregon’s go-to relievers out of the bullpen, Moen set a new Oregon single-season record with eight saves in 2011, ranking sixth in the Pac-10.
In 28 appearances and 41 and 1/3 innings on the hill, Moen managed a 3.05 ERA with a 1-4 record and eight saves. The native of Juneau, Alaska, struck out 43 batters and held opponents to a .185 clip.
Oregon sophomore catcher Jack Marder and redshirt sophomore pitcher Joey Housey were named to the Pac-10 Baseball All-Academic team.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
Marder, who was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District VIII Second Team on May 6, was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team with a 3.35 gpa.
The native of Calabasas, Calif., suffered a left thumb injury at Oregon State on May 3, and missed the final 17 games the season – only making pinch-running appearances. In 45 games played, Marder batted .209 with 19 RBIs, six doubles and two home runs. Despite missing nearly final the month of the season, Marder finished third in the Pac-10 after being hit by a pitch on 17 occasions.
Housey’s season was also cut short by shoulder injury. The native of Hollywood, Fla., is now a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection. The reliever made 12 appearances and tossed 17 and 1/3 innings before an injury derailed his sophomore campaign.
He managed a 3.12 ERA with a 2-0 record and 22 strikeouts picking up victories over BYU and San Diego.
Since Oregon baseball was reinstated for the 2009 season, the Ducks have received seven Pac-10 All-Academic accolades.
THE FINAL PUSH
Despite falling short of a postseason berth, Oregon finished the 2011 season with a 10-3-1 record in tis final 14 games.
During that final stretch, the Ducks claimed series victories over Stanford and then 6th-ranked Oregon State.
Oregon’s offense finally got on track, batting .327 as seven starters hit over .300, and the Ducks outcored their opponents 92-55.
The pitching staff maintained a 3.39 ERA as the starters claimed an 8-1 record, while Scott McGough claimed two wins and a save in relief and Madison Boer totaled three stops as well.
Oregon finished the 2011 season with a 33-26-1 record and an eighth place finish in the Pac-10 with a mark of 11-16.
The Ducks clinched three conference series victories with wins over two Super Regional particpants; Stanford and Oregon State as well as regional participant, Arizona.
THE STATE OF OREGON
The Ducks ended 2011 with a 7-3 record combined against Portland and Oregon State this season.
It was the first time since baseball was reinstated that the Ducks won season series against the Pilots and the Beavers.
Both season series were claimed during the final week of the year. On May 24 in Portland, Oregon and Portland played the final contest of a five-game season series. With each team winning two games apiece, the Ducks unleashed their offense early, and with a 7-2 victory, claimed the season series over the Pilots.
Oregon scored six runs in the first two innings, and that’s all the Ducks would needed with junior right-hander Scott McGough on the mound.
In a season high five and 2/3 innings on the hill, McGough earned the win and shut out Portland on three hits while dealing a career high eight strikeouts.
CIVIL WAR SWEEP
The Ducks and Beavers entered the final series of the season after each team picked up a win in two non-conference contests.
The Beavers entered the weekend with a No. 6 ranking and controlled their own destiny at the top of the Pac-10 standings in search of the league crown, but Oregon played spoiler, sweeping its first Pac-10 series since the program was reinstated.
The Ducks outscored the Beavers 14-2 in the series, culminating with a 6-0 shutout in the final game of the season. Oregon batted just .273 against OSU, but the pitching staff held the Beavers to a .146 clip as UO’s staff finished the series with a 0.67 ERA.
Tyler Anderson and Alex Keudell produced tremendous starts, while Scott McGough and Madison Boer had solid relief outings.
At the plate, Aaron Jones drove in five runs, while KC Serna (.400, HR) and J.J. Altobelli (.500, 4 R) led the offense.
THE CLOSE ONES
In 2011, Oregon finished with a devastating 5-12 record in one-run games. The Ducks also struggled with late-game deficits, posting an 0-14 record when trailing after six innings.
THE STARTING STAFF
Oregon’s four starters, Tyler Anderson, Madison Boer, Christian Jones and Alex Keudell finished the season with a combined 2.59 ERA as the quartet allowed a total of 108 runs in 374 and 2/3 innings on the hill.
The foursome also accumulated a record of 25-14 and totaled 332 strikeouts.
For the second consecutive season, Oregon’s ERA ranked in the nation’s top-25 as the 2011 mark of 2.95 was 19th in the nation.
In addition, the staff’s 8.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and 7.74 hits allowed per 9.0 innings also each ranked 10th in the country, respectively.
After being drafted by his hometown team the Minnesota Twins of the 2011 MLB Draft, Madison Boer signed his professional contract on June 19.
Boer was 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.
During three seasons at Oregon, Boer managed a 3.68 ERA and 7-15 record in 58 career appearances (second all-time).
Alex Keudell was drafted in the 38th round by the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB Draft, but remains unsigned while he spends this summer pitching in the Cape Cod League.
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.
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.
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. McGough signed with the organization on June 18.
The 6-foot-1 righty was the 164th overall pick of the draft, and spent three years as a reliever at Oregon.
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 sported 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.
Oregon senior right-hander Kellen Moen was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the seventh round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
The 6-foot-2 righty was the 216th overall pick of the draft after spending two years at the University of 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 had a breakout season during his 2011 senior campaign and earned Pac-10 honorable mention accolades.
One of Oregon’s go-to relievers out of the bullpen, Moen set a new Oregon single-season record with eight saves in 2011, ranking sixth in the Pac-10.
In 28 appearances and 41 and 1/3 innings on the hill, Moen managed a 3.05 ERA with a 1-4 record and struck out 43 batters while holding opponents to a .185 clip.
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.
Currently playing in the Cape Cod League, Marder has yet to sign a professional contract.
Marder, a draft-eligible sophomore, has spent two seasons with the Ducks batting .232 in 336 career at-bats. In his career, 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.
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 ranked 12th in the country as he was hit by a pitch 0.38 times per game.
Oregon three-year starter Danny Pulfer was selected in the 2011 MLB Draft when he was taken in the 19th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pulfer signed with the organization and is currently playing with the Yakima Bears.
Pulfer was named to the 2011 Pac-10 All-Conference team, becoming the first position player to earn the honor since the Oregon program was reinstated in 2009.
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.
The Cypress, Calif.., native set a new Oregon single-season record with 16 doubles, and also holds the program all-time record with 31.
Three-year starting shortstop KC Serna was selected in the 2011 MLB Draft when he was taken in the 42nd round by the Cleveland Indians. Currently playing for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League, Serna was part of the Ducks’ middle infield tandem with Danny Pulfer.
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 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 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.
Oregon head coach George Horton wasn’t shy about letting his true freshmen play in 2011. With 12 true freshmen on the roster, on 29 occasions Horton put at least four of his rookies in the starting lineup. The fifth-ranked class in the country finished with a 16-12-1 record in those games, but picked up steam finishing 8-2-1 when starting in the last 14 games of the year.
Aaron Jones hit .270 on the season and led the Ducks with 36 RBIs as well as seven assists from the outfield. He finished his rookie campaign with a team-leading 11 multiple-RBI games as well as accounting for driving in the game-winning run on five occasions.
First baseman Ryon Healy finished the season batting .320 with 20 RBIs, 10 doubles and a team-leading four home runs. He started 22 of UO’s final 23 games of the season batting .360 with a .605 slugging percentage and 12 extra-base hits.
Center fielder Brett Thomas finished the season batting .290 with 10 RBIs, 14 runs scored, five doubles and one triple.
Stefan Sabol and Kyle Garlick each suffered injuries during the season that derailed their starts in an UO uniform.
Sabol finished the year batting .254 with 15 RBIs, while Garlick batted .250 with 21 RBIs and two home runs.
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