Willoughby Selected By Rockies In Fourth Round Of 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft




June 5, 2012

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CINCINNATI - Xavier junior pitcher Seth Willoughby was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday by the Colorado Rockies.

Willoughby was selected with the 10th pick in the fourth round and was the 138th player selected overall, making him the highest draftee ever from Xavier University. The highest previous pick was Richard Donnelly who was taken with the 158th overall by the Yankees in the 1967 draft.

Willoughby was recently named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team after thriving in the closer's role for the Musketeers during the 2012 season. The right-hander had a 2-1 record with a 1.26 ERA and had 12 saves in 25 appearances and helped Xavier to its sixth straight 20-win season.

This year's 12 saves was the second most saves recorded in a single season and his 28 career saves are the most ever recorded by a Musketeer. In his three years, Willoughby sported a career 3.25 ERA while striking out 110 batters in 99.2 innings pitched.

The versatile Columbus, Ohio, native hit .421 in a limited offensive role this season for the Musketeers. Overall he has posted a .320 average with six home runs and 42 RBI in three years.

The selection marks the sixth consecutive year that a Musketeer has been selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Last season the San Francisco Giants selected Xavier first basemen Ben Thomas with the 1,047th pick in the 34th round.