June 9, 2014
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - A pair of Central Michigan University baseball student-athletes were taken in the Major League Baseball Draft this weekend.
Pitcher Jordan Foley became the highest Central Michigan draft pick in more than a decade Friday when he was selected in the fifth round - 152nd overall - by the New York Yankees on Friday. Matt Trowbridge was taken in the 13th round Saturday by the Baltimore Orioles with the 391st pick in the draft.
Foley, a junior right-hander, was the first player from Michigan or a Michigan college taken in the draft. He was also the first player from a Mid-American Conference school selected in the first two days of the draft.
Foley, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 223 pounds, went 6-5 in the 2014 season with a 3.69 earned run average. He led a staff that compiled a MAC-best 3.39 ERA.
He struck out 81 and walked 28 in 97 2/3 innings. He appeared in 15 games, all of them starts . Foley was a 26th round pick by the Yankees coming out of The Colony (Texas) High School in 2011.
He is the Chippewas' highest draft choice since Chad Pleiness was selected with the 146th pick in 2002 by the Toronto Blue Jays. He is the 10th Chippewa to be taken in the first five rounds of the draft.
"His fastball's been up to 96 mph," CMU coach Steve Jaksa. "He's got a big, strong powerful arm that's going to get stronger, and he's going to maintain that velocity. He also throws a slider that's gotten better and better.
"The excitement for us is how much progress he made. He's gotten better every year and he continually improved his command and his secondary pitches. We are excited for him, we're happy for him."
Trowbridge appeared in 16 games in the 2014 season for CMU, finishing with a 2-2 record, five saves, and a 2.59 earned run average. In 31 1/3 innings, he struck out 43, allowed 17 hits, and walked 24.