June 7, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 14th round of the 2014 MLB Draft on Saturday. The Cullman, Ala. native was taken with the 414th overall pick and is the first member of the UAB baseball team to be selected in the MLB Draft since 2011.
“It is unbelievable,” Mallard stated. “I could not ask for anything better. It was a good day, stressful, but a good day. As a little kid always wanting to play in the major leagues, it’s a dream come true. I am honored to be become part of such a great organization in Toronto.”
Mallard will go down as one of the best pitchers in UAB baseball history. The right-handed pitcher owned a 2.69 career ERA, which is the top mark in program history. He also became the fourth Blazer to reach the 200-strikeout plateau, fanning 208 batters in his four-year career.
The Cullman, Ala. native went out with a bang, recording one of the best seasons in program history in 2014. As a senior, Mallard owned a 9-3 record with a 1.55 ERA in 110.0 innings pitched. He was the only pitcher in the nation to record a quality start in each of his 14 starts during the regular season. Mallard also struck out 94 batters, which ranks second in UAB history.
For his efforts on the mound during his senior season, Mallard was named a 2014 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America Second Team honoree. He became the fourth All-American in program history and the first to be recognized on the second team. Mallard also was recognized on the 2014 All-Conference USA First Team and named the 2014 Conference USA Pitcher of the Year.
The 2014 MLB Draft began on Thursday night with the first two rounds. After Friday, the first 10 rounds of the draft were complete. The draft will come to a conclusion on Saturday with the final 30 rounds.
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