Lawrence Pardo taken in 38th round of MLB draft

Posted: June 8, 2014 in Baseball
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Senior Lawrence Pardo was taken in the 38th round of the MLB draft last night, the only USF Bull taken in the 2014 draft. The 6′ 180 lbs. senior out of Miami, FL will continue his baseball career with the Diamondbacks organization. Pardo was the only Bull selected in the 40 round MLB draft, the first time since 2005 that only one Bull was selected (per Joey Knight).

Pardo was taken as the 1140th pick in the 38th round of the MLB draft as a left handed pitcher. Pardo appeared in 24 games, making 2 starts. He had a 1-3 record with an ERA of 4.72. He pitched 34.1 innings, allowing 33 hits, 22 runs (18 earned), 27 walks, and struck out 34 batters. Pardo, a reliable relief pitcher for the Bulls for two years saw starting time at first base as well, starting 28 games out 29 appearances. He batted .240 (25 for 104) with 17 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 9 RBIs, walking 11 times and striking out 17 times. In 2013, Pardo led the Bulls in relief appearance, taking the mound 33 times. He compiled a 5-1 record with 3 saves and a 2.27 ERA. He worked 43.2 innings, allowing 36 hits, 15 runs (11 earned), walking 24 and struck out 42 batters.

Players like Kyle Teaf (batted .340), Levi Borders (2nd team All AAC), and Casey Mulholland (number 2 starter) all had a chance to be selected but will all now return for their next season for new Head Coach Mark Kingston. Kingston, who should be introduced by Thursday, was a historic 6 Illinois State players taken in the draft.

While the lack of Bulls is troubling, there is a silver lining in there. Coach Kingston is stepping into into a fairly solid situation with a strong returning roster. He will have his one-two arms (Herget and Mulholland) for the rotation along with Tommy Peterson and Brandon Lawson. He also returns his starting catcher (Borders), short stop (Teaf), 2nd base man (Nik Alfonso), and several other positional players.

 

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