EUGENE, Ore. – 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.