Petree, Gordon Selected on Day Two of MLB Draft
June 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State pitchers Nick Petree and Grant Gordon became the first Bears to be chosen in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, as the St. Louis Cardinals selected Petree in the ninth round with the 275th overall pick before the Los Angeles Angels picked Gordon in the 10th round (307th overall) on the second day of the 40-round amateur draft Friday afternoon.
A First-Team All-MVC selection this spring, Petree became the first Bear hurler to win the club's Dave Dickensheet Outstanding Pitcher award three times. he right-hander was a semifinalist for USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award, which honors the top amateur player in the country. A two-time MVC Pitcher of the Week honoree in 2013 and a College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Award candidate, Petree earned his second-straight first-team all-conference nod after compiling an 8-1 mound record and a 1.61 earned run average. Petree was the Bears' lone representative on the MVC's All-Defensive Team for the second year in a row as well.
Petree led the Valley in strikeouts (111) while ranking second in the circuit in wins, innings pitched (100.1) and ERA. Additionally, he became the first MSU pitcher to log back-to-back 100-strikeout campaigns and climbed to No. 2 on the Bears' career lists for both victories (27) and strikeouts (306) this spring.
Last week, Petree became the first player in the 50-year history of the Missouri State baseball program to earn All-America recognition in three different seasons with his selection as a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. The Clinton, Mo., product was a consensus All-America choice in 2012, when he led all of Division I baseball with a 1.01 earned run average to earn Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year award. He was also a Freshman All-America pick of both Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association following a standout rookie 2011 season, in which he led the Bears with nine wins to bring home MVC Freshman of the Year honors.
A Salem, Mo., native, Gordon is coming off a solid senior season in which he posted a 3.66 ERA and team-best four saves in 25 appearances out of the Bears' bullpen. The right-hander saved 12 games over his four-year career to rank fifth all-time at MSU, and ranks second on the Bears' career pitching appearances list with 82. Gordon struck out 206 hitters over is four-year stay in Springfield, good for 12th on the Bears' career chart.
Gordon recorded his best work as a junior in 2012, going 6-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 19 games out of the MSU bullpen. The two-time MVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member also registered a memorable freshman campaign, fanning 74 batters in just 56 innings for an 11.89 strikeout/nine innings ratio that ranked seventh nationally and set a Missouri State single-season record. He also recorded seven saves in 2010 to break the Bears' rookie record, and played in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League for the Harwich Mariners each of the last two summers, earning league all-star recognition in 2012 after allowing just one earned run over 18.0 innings spanning 12 outings.
Under the terms of Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, professional clubs must sign a drafted player by July 15, or the rights to that player are lost and he may re-enter the draft in 2014. The 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft concludes Saturday with rounds 11-40, beginning at Noon (Central).