Right-handed pitchers David Garner and Andrew Waszak have each been drafted in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Chicago Cubs selected Garner in the seventh round with the 198th overall pick. Waszak was picked up in the 22nd round with the 673rd overall pick by the Atlanta Braves.
This year Garner went 4-5 in the season with a 4.10 ERA. He finished third in the Big Ten Conference in strikeouts with 70. As a freshman he was selected to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2011 with a 5-4 record and 4.62 ERA. In his career as a Spartan, Garner totaled a record of 15-12 n 54 games, including 33 starts. His career ERA is a solid 3.97 and is currently ranks sixth in all-time MSU strikeouts with 192.
"When I got drafted out of high school, it was a great feeling and a great accomplishment, but getting drafted later in my life is more of a realization that it could actually happen (playing professional baseball)," said Garner. "The Cubs called me and asked me what I was doing, and I told them I just got back from the zoo. They asked if I had been watching the draft, and I said no. So they filled me in and told me they took me in the seventh round. It's a great feeling and I cherish it. My mom was really excited. It was good to see a smile like that on her face."
"David is a very talented young man who was drafted previously out of high school," said Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss. "He's got a big arm and it's been fun to watch him learn how to get guys out over the last three years. He really developed his breaking ball and understood how to compete and pitch at the Division I level, and I think he will use that and have success at the next level. I think he's very prepared. He's not only talented, but he's even a better human being, so we're very happy for David."
Andrew Waszak, the Rochester Hills, MI native, landed on the third-team All-Big Ten roster this season and won the Robin Roberts Most Valuable Pitcher for 2013. His name was found often in the conference statistics rankings this season including; fourth in innings pitched with 91.2, fourth in strikeouts looking with 22, fifth in ERA with 2.36, seventh in opponent batting average with .234, eighth in walks allowed with 18, ninth in wins with 6, ninth in earned runs allowed with 22, 11th in total strikeouts with 57 and 11th in runs allowed with 32. Waszak’s career as a Spartan was a successful won with a total record of 18-11 with a 3.82 ERA.
"I was shell shocked and its surreal," Andrew Waszak said. "It's weird to say I'm a professional athlete. It was emotional (being) with my parents, we were all excited and happy. I can't be more excited the way it happened today. I was talking with my sister on the phone and said it probably won't settle in until I step off that plane to wherever I will report too. It's a dream come true."
"We're very excited for Andrew," said coach Boss. "He's an outstanding young man who really works harder than maybe anyone that I've ever coached. He's an excellent leader and a tremendous young man. He's very deserving of all the success that he's had during his career. I know he's ready for the challenge of competing at the next level in professional baseball – it's something that's been a dream of his for a long time. We're very honored to have played a small part in helping him achieve that goal."
This marks the 10th straight year that a Spartan has been drafted into the MLB and the third consecutive year where two or more Spartans have been selected. The players have until July 12th to sign with their respective teams. The MLB Draft continues through Sunday evening.
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