Graduate student Jake Walkinshaw of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team was selected in the 36th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Walkinshaw, of Seymour, Conn., becomes the 12th SNHU player to be drafted, and the third to be picked by Oakland (Junior Mendez and Jon Massad, both in 2013).
In 15 appearances this season, including 14 starts, Walkinshaw went 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA, allowing 78 hits while striking out 102 and walking 31 in 98 2/3 innings. Walkinshaw, who held batters to a .218 average against him, went the distance twice and limited opponents to two runs or less in 10 starts. Walkinshaw led the league in innings pitched and strikeouts, while ranking second in wins, seventh in ERA and 11th in strikeouts per game (9.30). He was named the NE-10 Pitcher of the Week on four occasions this season. Walkinshaw finished second in innings and fifth in strikeouts in the program’s single-season record book.
For his career, Walkinshaw finished 23-5 with 16 saves and a 1.93 ERA over 76 appearances, including 22 starts. In 233 innings, he struck out 234 and walked 62 while giving up 168 hits.
On day two of the draft on Tuesday, Franklin Pierce senior right-hander Zach Hart was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 10th round (310 overall). Hart, of Wallingford, Conn., will most likely report to the Indians’ Class-A short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Franklin Pierce has now had 29 draft selections in program history.
Hart pitched 68 innings this season despite missing nearly three weeks due to injury. Over 14 appearances, including 10 starts, he allowed 23 runs (20 earned) on 64 hits, walked 18 and struck out 68 (9.00 per nine innings). Hart posted a 2.65 ERA on the season to go with a 5-1 record and three saves.The Ravens (29-24) captured their league-record sixth Northeast-10 title this spring and qualified for the NCAA Championship for the 15th time in history.
MLB: Kimbrel to Cubs
Former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel reached a deal Wednesday to join the Chicago Cubs, Ken Rosenthal of The Atlantic reported. Terms of the deal were not released.
Fisher Cats felled
The Bowie Baysox scored two runs in the eighth to take a 3-2 win from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday night in Manchester.
Vinny Capra drove in both New Hampshire runs with a homer and an RBI single.
The teams play Thursday at 10:35 a.m.