UMass' Clegg Selected By Washington Nationals In MLB First Year Player Draft

UMass' Mitchell Clegg was drafted by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

UMass' Mitchell Clegg was drafted by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

June 10, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass baseball's Mitchell Clegg, who recently completed a standout senior season with the Minutemen, was selected by the Washington Nationals in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon. Clegg was taken with the first pick of the 21st round (622nd overall).

Clegg becomes the 74th draft pick all-time from UMass, the first since Matt Torra (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Jason Twomley (Boston Red Sox) were chosen in the 2005 MLB draft. He is the 34th player in head coach Mike Stone's 22 seasons to have his named called.

Clegg, who served as the No. 1 starter in the Minutemen's rotation for the bulk of 2009, was an All-New England second team honoree and recently played in the NEIBA All-Star Game. As a senior this spring, Clegg posted a 7-1 record with 4.15 ERA in 91.0 innings pitched with 35 walks and a team-leading 81 strikeouts, limiting opposing hitters to a .251 average.

A two-time Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week, Clegg pitched a complete game shutout on Apr. 17, a 3-0 victory over Saint Joseph's for Stone's 600th career win. Then on May 1, Clegg struck out a career-high 12 batters vs. St. Bonaventure. His .875 winning percentage is tied for seventh on the UMass single season top-10 list while his 13 games started is tied for third and his innings pitched ranks tied for fourth.

After transferring from Maine as a junior, Clegg played two seasons with the Minutemen and compiled an 11-6 record on the mound with a 4.33 ERA in 162.0 innings pitched. He totaled 123 strikeouts to 64 walks and opponents hit just .257 against him in his UMass career.

The Major League Baseball Draft concludes with rounds 31-50 tomorrow beginning at 11:30 a.m.



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