Four SCIAC Pitchers Selected in Major League Baseball Draft
NEW YORK, NY - Four SCIAC pitchers, Brooks Belter of Occidental, David Colvin of Pomona-Pitzer, Ian Durham of Cal Luteran and Alex Sunderland of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps were all selected in the 2011 MLB Draft held earlier this week.
Belter was taken in the 25th Round by the Tampa Bay Rays. Belter led the Tigers with a 1.45 ERA this season, all in relief. He recorded five saves and struck out 43 batters in 31 innings pitched.
Colvin was drafted in the 27th round by the Seattle Mariners. Colvin finished his career as the Pomona-Pitzer leader in wins with 35, strikeouts with 302, innings pitched with 369 and highest winning percentage at .833. He also holds the single season record for strikeouts with 107 and shares the single season win record with 10 in 2010. He was named Second Team All-SCIAC in 2008 and First Team All-SCIAC in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He was named First Team All-West Region in 2010 and Second Team All-West Region in 2009 and 2011 and named Second Team All-American in 2010.
Durham was selected in the 28th round, 871st overall by the Philadelphia Phillies. During his senior season at Cal Lutheran, Durham was named a starter in nine of his 13 appearances. He posted a 4-4 record with a 4.22 ERA. In his 59.2 innings of work Durham struck out 58 batters, the second-highest total on the team and fourth-highest mark in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Durham is the first Kingsmen drafted since 2009 when the Los Angeles Dodgers selected second baseman David Iden in the 35th round.
Sunderland was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 38th round. Sunderland finished his CMS career with a 20-7 record and a 3.94 ERA. In 233 innings pitched over 52 appearances he struck out 172 and walked 85. He was selected to the ABCA/Rawlings West Region Gold Glove Team in 2011 after recording a fielding percentage of 1.000 (2 putouts and 25 assists with 0 errors). In 2010, he was selected First Team All-SCIAC and Third Team ABCA/Rawlings All-West after he went 9-1 with a 3.90 ERA.