ORANGE, Calif. – Immediately after skyrocketing up draft boards this spring, junior pitcher Nick Garcia was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 79th general select in the third spherical of the 2020 MLB Draft. He is just the next participant in the illustrious background of Chapman University baseball to be drafted in the very first 3 rounds.
The All-American suitable-hander from San Carlos, Calif. grew to become the next-best draft select in Chapman’s background and the best in the program’s Division III era (considering the fact that 1995). Garcia joins Don August as the only two Panthers to be picked in the major-three rounds of the MLB Novice Draft. August was the 17th general select in 1984 when Chapman competed in Division II.
The 2020 draft marks the third yr in a row that Chapman has experienced a participant picked – the longest lively streak for any Division III application – next previous teammates Christian Cosby (14th spherical/select 422) in 2018 and 2019 ABCA Pitcher of the 12 months Tyler Peck (twenty eighth spherical/select 845). Garcia is the 66th participant in Chapman’s background to be drafted in the MLB Draft and the 14th to be picked considering the fact that transitioning to Division III in 1995.
Garcia wasn’t on most scouts’ radars until finally he began lights up radar guns in his sophomore period. The 6-four righty arrived to Chapman as an infielder but converted to the mound just after his freshman period. With a fastball in the mid- to higher-90s, Garcia grew to become the major nearer in Division III and a consensus Initially Workforce All-American reliever.
He served the Panthers to the 2019 NCAA Division III nationwide championship in 2019, going nine- with 12 saves and a microscopic .64 Era. In fifty six innings above 30 reduction appearances, he struck out 82 batters and authorized just 4 gained runs on 31 hits.
In 2020, Garcia converted from a flame-throwing nearer to a frontline starter. He went four-one in five begins with a 2.00 Era ahead of the period was canceled thanks to COVID-19. With his 3-pitch mix and a fastball frequently in the mid-90s, he ongoing to soar up draft boards and prospect rankings.
Garcia is the best draft select from an NCAA Division III application considering the fact that 2012 when Bruce Maxwell was taken as the 62nd select out of Birmingham Southern. In 2007, existing Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmerman was also taken in the next spherical with the 67th general select.
He is the fourth-best draft select in SCIAC background. Whittier’s Tony Woods was taken as the 17th general select in 1982 and Cal Lutheran’s Jason Hirsch was the 59th select in 2003 as the best draft picks in the SCIAC’s Division III era. La Verne’s Willie Norwood was a third-spherical select in 1972 and was taken 56th general when the conference competed in the NCAA College or university Division.
The 2020 MLB Draft was shortened to just five rounds thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and finished Thursday with rounds two by five getting picked.
Chapman gained its third nationwide title in 2019 and was rated in the major-10 for all of the 2020 period. The Panthers ended up 12-three when period abruptly finished in March.
By Steven Olveda.
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