June 10, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A total of six Arizona baseball players were selected on the second day of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, headlined by fourth-round selection Jason Stoffel and a trio of Arizona battery mates going to the Cleveland Indians.
Arizona's highest draftee, Stoffel, did not hear his name called on Tuesday, which included the first three rounds of the draft. But, just six picks into the second day, the San Francisco Giants selected Stoffel as UA's highest drafted player in 2009 with the 117th overall selection.
Stoffel, a native of Agoura, Calif., is UA's leader for career appearances and saves. The right-hander was the first of three Wildcat pitchers to hear his name called in the first nine rounds. Fellow pitching staff members Cory Burns and Preston Guilmet each were chosen by the Cleveland Indians.
Burns, a senior from Glendale, Ariz., who was previously undrafted, was selected in the eighth round and 245th overall. Clearly the Indians were impressed with a senior season that saw him appear in a school-record 40 appearances while allowing just 9-of-30 inherited runners to score as a primary set-up man to Stoffel.
One round later, the Indians drafted Burns' classmate Guilmet, a native of Citrus Heights, Calif., with the 275th overall pick in the ninth round. Guilmet, No. 2 all-time in strikeouts at Arizona and No. 4 in the Pac-10, improved upon his 22nd round selection by the Oakland A's in last summer's draft.
Burns and Guilmet were joined by battery mate Dwight Childs, who was drafted by the Indians in the 18th round with the 545th overall selection. Childs, a junior, was draft eligible for the first time in his collegiate career and the Indians took notice of the veteran UA backstop, who turned in a breakout season in which he was named to the All-Pac-10 team.
Pac-10 batting champion Dillon Baird was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with the 351st overall selection in the 11th round. Baird, from Prescott, Ariz., batted .433 on the season - sixth best in UA and Pac-10 history - and played first base throughout his second season as a Wildcat, but was announced as a third baseman draftee by the Angels.
Brad Glenn was the sixth Wildcat to be drafted on Wednesday, going to the Toronto Blue Jays as the 700th overall selection in the 23rd round. Glenn, a native Tulsa, Okla., finished in the top-10 of several career offensive categories at Arizona, including home runs as his 43 round-trippers place him second all-time at the school.
A year ago, a school record 11 players were drafted following UA's second consecutive 40-win season. Among last year's selections were first round picks Ryan Perry (Detroit Tigers) and Daniel Schlereth (Arizona Diamondbacks), each of whom made their Major League debuts this spring.
All-time, 206 Arizona baseball players have been drafted, including 67 in the last 11 seasons. Of the 206 selections, 54 have been taken in the first five rounds.
Today's six selections push Arizona's total draftees to 39 under head coach Andy Lopez, who took over the program in 2002.
The 2009 draft will conclude on Thursday with rounds 31-50.
Arizona Wildcats Selected in the 2009 Draft
Jason Stoffel | RHP | 6-1 | 225 | Junior | Agoura, Calif.
Drafted by the San Francisco Giants - 4th Round - 117th Pick Overall
Stoffel's Career Stats as a PDF
Stoffel stands as Arizona's all-times saves leader with 29 career saves ... His 11 saves in 2009 led all Pac-10 players and his 13 in 2008 set a new school record for saves in a season ... Pitched in 99 games as a Wildcat, the most of any pitcher in program history ... His strikeouts per nine innings ratio (11.7) is the second-best ration in UA history ... A First Team All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore in 2008 ... Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on March 17, 2009 ... Posted a 3.28 career ERA and limited opposing hitters to a paltry .219 batting average over three seasons ... Struck out 189 hitters and allowed just 53 walks in his career ... Yielded just two home runs against 624 batters faced ... Helped lead UA to postseason appearances in 2006 and 2007, where his pitching was lights-out ... Pitched in eight career NCAA tournament games, posting a 1-0 record with five saves while never allowing an earned run ... Struck out 23 batters in such games against one walk, while opposing hitters batted just .079 ... Named MVP of the Ann Arbor Regional in 2008 and an All-Regional team honoree at the Wichita Regional in 2007.
Cory Burns | RHP | 6-0 | 195 | Senior | Glendale, Ariz.
Drafted by the Cleveland Indians - 8th Round - 245th Pick Overall
Burns' Career Stats as a PDF
Burns set a new UA record for appearances in a single season with 40 in 2009 ... His 94 career appearances are second-most in UA history ... Turned in an impressive senior season serving as a key set-up pitcher to closer Jason Stoffel ... Set a career high with 54 strikeouts in just 47.1 innings pitched in 2009 ... Limited opposing hitters to just a .244 average as a senior ... Finished his UA career with a 3.80 ERA, posting an 8-3 record to go with three saves ... Allowed only 9-of-30 (30.0%) inherited runners to score in senior season ... An honorable mention All-Pac-10 player in 2009.
Preston Guilmet | RHP | 6-2 | 195 | Senior | Citrus Heights, Calif.
Drafted by the Cleveland Indians - 9th Round - 275th Pick Overall
Guilmet's Career Stats as a PDF
Previously drafted by the Oakland A's in the 22nd Round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft ... Returned for his senior season at Arizona, setting a new UA record for career starts with 61 ... No. 2 all-time in program history and fourth in Pac-10 history with 419 strikeouts ... Program leader in career innings pitched with 416.2 innings ... Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year in 2007 following a breakout 12-2 season ... His 27 career wins are tied for 10th-most in UA history ... Named a Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week six times in his career, including once as a senior in 2009 ... A First Team All-Pac-10 honoree in 2007 and 2008, and an honorable mention selection in 2009 ... Named a First Team All-American in 2007 by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America ... Second Team All-American in 2007 as named by the ABCA, Rivals.com, and NCBWA ... 2007 semifinalist for the Roger Clemons Award.
Dillon Baird | 1B/3B | 6-3 | 215 | Junior | Prescott, Ariz.
Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - 11th Round - 351st Pick Overall
Baird's Career Stats as a PDF
In his second year as a Wildcat, Baird compiled a .433 batting average, a .504 on-base percentage and a .716 slugging percentage ...The first two figures ranks tops in the Pac-10, while the latter is second-best ... Named a First Team All-Pac-10 member in 2009 ... Named a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball in 2009 ... He rapped out a league-best 13 doubles in the 27 league games and his 88 total bases were 25 more than any other player in such games ... His 55 RBI were tops on the team and his 21 doubles tied teammate Jett Bandy for the top mark ... Baird's eight home runs were second on the team, as were his five triples ... Baird's .433 batting average is the sixth-best in Arizona history, trailing only the spectacular seasons of Lloyd Jenney (.484, 1952), Marty Hurd (.473, 1957), John Glenn (.438, 1972), Brad Mills (.435, 1978) and Tom Clarkson (.434, 1957) ... In Pac-10 history, it is also the sixth-highest batting average (Arizona didn't join the Pac-10 until the 1979 season) ... .375 batting average in two seasons as a Wildcat, with 91 RBI, 15 home runs, 32 doubles and six triples.
Dwight Childs | C | 6-3 | 188 | Junior | Elk Grove, Calif.
Drafted by the Cleveland Indians - 18th Round - 545th Pick Overall
Childs' Career Stats as a PDF
Childs turned in a break-out junior season, setting career-highs in batting average (.331), slugging (.529) and RBI (37) ... Rapped out career highs in doubles (9) and triples (3) during junior season, while scoring 30 runs ... Recognized as a First Team All-Pac-10 player in 2009 ... Was sensational offensively in 2009 against Pac-10 teams ... Ranked eighth in the conference in batting average (.346) and third in RBI (28) in the conference-only games ... An outstanding defensive catcher, Childs did not allow a passed ball in 2009 ... A 2007 Freshman All-American as named by Collegiate Baseball.
Brad Glenn | OF | 6-3 | 225 | Senior | Tulsa, Okla.
Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays - 22nd Round - 700th Pick Overall
Glenn's Career Stats as a PDF
Completed one of the steadiest careers of any Wildcat, finishing with a .295 career batting average over four seasons ... Played in 218 games as a Wildcat, good enough for seventh-most in program history ... No. 2 on UA's all-time home run chart with 43 round-trippers and second in program history with 103 extra base hits ... His 830 at bats are fifth-most ever, as are his 441 total bases and 190 RBI ... He ranks sixth in UA history with 53 doubles and second with 42 hit-by-pitches.