EUGENE, Ore. – 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).