LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV junior pitcher Erick Fedde becomes the third Rebel in school history to be taken in the first round when he was selected as the 18th overall pick by the Washington Nationals.
Fedde was among the selections to open the three-day 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
“I am truly blessed to be picked by such an amazing organization,” Fedde said. “I can’t wait to be back on the field to show that they made a great decision.”
Matt Williams, who is the Nationals manager, was the first UNLV player drafted in the first round as he was taken third overall in the 1986 draft by the San Francisco Giants. Pitcher Donovan Osborne was the second selected and he was selected 13th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1990.
Mel Stottlemyre Jr. was also a first round draft pick, but as the third overall pick in the 1985 MLB January Secondary draft by the Houston Astros.
“I am super proud of Erick and that the Nationals recognized his talent and drafted in the first round where he belongs,” UNLV head coach Tim Chambers said. “The team proved that they are not drafting a ligament; they are drafting a plus athlete that is going to heal. Erick’s work ethic, personality and makeup are the main reasons why he was still able to go in the first round. I’ve been coaching for 27 years and I’ve never met someone who works harder than he does. I never told him to run or throw his pens. He just did it.”
Fedde finished the year with a team-best 1.76 ERA to go with an 8-2 record in 76.2 innings of work. His season was cut short due to injury with three weeks left in the season. He became the third UNLV pitcher to earn Mountain West Pitcher of the Year honors and allowed just 22 runs, which is the lowest number of runs allowed in at least 60 innings of work in school history. He also finished the year with 82 strikeouts and held opponents to a .209 batting average en route to earning second team All-America honors
The Las Vegas native compiled a 21-10 career record to go with a 3.18 ERA, which is the fourth lowest in school history. He struck out 231 batters in 263.1 innings of work and held opponents to a .247 batting average.
He had two complete outings, including one in 2014 against San Diego State, and made 41 appearances, all starts, for the Rebels.
The MLB draft will continue on Friday with rounds 2-10, starting at 10 a.m. PST on MLB.com.
-- News release