UMass' Jauss Selected By Nationals In MLB First-Year Player Draft
June 7, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass senior right-handed pitcher DJ Jauss was selected by the Washington Nationals in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday afternoon. Jauss, who played two seasons with the Minutemen after earning his undergraduate degree from East Carolina, was taken in the 29th round with the 874th pick overall.
Jauss becomes the 56th player from UMass to have his name called in the draft since 1965 and is the 37th of head coach Mike Stone's 27-year tenure with the Minutemen. It marks the fifth time in the past six years that a UMass player has been drafted as Dennis Torres, Matt Gedman, Nick Serino and Mitchell Clegg were taken in 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
Seeing time as both a starter and a reliever, Jauss made 26 appearances over two seasons with the Minutemen, including eight starts, which all came in 2013. He posted a 4.26 earned run average in 67.2 career innings at UMass with a 3-5 record, 47 walks and 48 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .252.
As a senior in 2014, Jauss went 2-1 over 16 appearances out of the bullpen with two saves. He logged a 4.82 ERA in 18.2 innings, 11 walks and 13 strikeouts in his final campaign with the Minutemen.