COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican junior right-hander Brad Wilson (Alexandria, Ohio) was selected in the 13th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Wilson becomes the 12th Ohio Dominican baseball player selected all-time in the MLB draft and the first since 2015 when pitcher Ryan Colegate was taken in the 36th round by the Cleveland Indians.
Overall, Wilson was the 386th pick and the tenth Division II player selected in this year's draft. This is the fourth-highest round that a Panther has been taken in the June draft and the earliest since Joel Vega was an 11th round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 1998.
A D2CCA First Team All-Region and Second Team ABCA All-Region pick, Wilson had an electric season out of the bullpen for the Panthers. He finished with a 4-3 record and nine saves in 25 appearances with a 2.52 ERA, striking out 61 batters and walking just seven in 39.1 innings pitched, averaging 14.0 strikeouts per nine innings.
He allowed just 28 hits, holding opponents to a .192 batting average against, surrendered just six extra-base hits, and threw just one wild pitch and hit just one batter this spring.
A starter in his first two seasons with ODU, Wilson displayed the ability to pitch deep into games when needed this spring as well. In the G-MAC Tournament, he worked 5.2 innings against Trevecca on May 10, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits and one run, and he made his lone start of the season in the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament against Quincy on May 20, fanning six in 5.1 innings.
Wilson also had a three-inning save at Malone on April 14, setting down all nine hitters he faced with four strikeouts, and had a two-inning win against Wayne State in relief and a two-inning save against Cedarville.
The righty had an outstanding stretch between March 4-25, when he appeared in seven games and retired every hitter he faced in 9.0 innings of work, striking out 17 and registering a win and four saves in that time.
In his career, he went 15-10 in 52 games (23 starts) with 10 saves and three complete games, striking out 175 hitters in 165.0 innings and walking just 41, with a 3.44 ERA.
Ohio Dominican concluded the 2018 season with a record of 36-17. The Panthers were ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation and reached the championship round of the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament.
OHIO DOMINICAN MLB DRAFT HISTORY
|2018||Brad Wilson||13th||Toronto Blue Jays|
|2015||Ryan Colegate||36th||Cleveland Indians|
|2009||Ryan Robowski||16th||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|2009||Jonathan Kountis||42nd||Cleveland Indians|
|2004||Jonathan Sanchez||27th||San Francisco Giants|
|2004||Benny Cepeda||48th||San Francisco Giants|
|1998||Joel Vega||11th||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1997||William Otero||14th||San Francisco Giants|
|1989||Audelle Cummings||18th||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1987||Luis Martinez||5th||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1985||Scott Anders||11th||Chicago Cubs|
|1976||Daniel Newell||4th*||Montreal Expos|
*: January Draft-Secondary Phase
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