Five Stanford Baseball Players Selected On First Day Of 2001 MLB Draft
June 5, 2001
Stanford, Calif. - Five players on Stanford's 2001 College World Series team were selected on the first day of the 2001 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. All three members of Stanford's regular starting pitching rotation -- Mike Gosling, Jeremy Guthrie and Jeff Bruksch -- were chosen within the first five rounds. Jason VanMeetren and Mike Wodnicki rounded out the Cardinal picks on the first day of the two-day draft.
'Those three guys in the starting rotation have really been the strength of our team all year,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'We're spoiled a little bit to be able to have guys like that come to Stanford, but that's been normal for us recently. All of the guys drafted today should be able to compete well professionally.'
Gosling (LHP, L/L, 6-2, 205, Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah) was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round with the 66th pick overall. Gosling has a current 7-2 record with a 3.57 ERA in 2001. He was a perfect 7-0 in Pac-10 games, winning six consecutive starts at one point. Gosling ranks second on Stanford's all-time strikeout per nine inning list (10.05).
'I'm very happy to have been selected by the Diamondbacks,' said Gosling. 'I'm a West Coast kind of guy, and I love the Phoenix area and staying out West. The Diamondbacks are a fantastic organization and being their second pick is pretty exciting.'
Guthrie (RHP, R/R, 6-1, 195, So., Ashland, Oregon) is a draft eligible sophomore selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round with the 84th selection overall. Guthrie leads the Cardinal in victories with a 12-4 record and has a current 2.58 ERA. He already ranks tied for ninth on Stanford's single-season list for victories (12) and strikeouts (121), leading the team in those categories as well as innings pitched (125.2) and games started (18). Guthrie has also been Stanford's top pitcher in post-season action with a 2-0 record, a 1.65 ERA and the team's only complete game.
'It's exciting to finally know what team you have a shot to play for,' said Guthrie. 'This has been a very exciting year at Stanford. I've learned so much and been able to get better as a player and a person.'
Bruksch (RHP, R/R, 6-4, 200, Jr., Los Angeles, CA) was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the fifth round with the 161st selection overall. Bruksch has a current 9-3 record and a 3.21 ERA, while ranking second on the club in both innings pitched (120.2) and strikeouts (103).
VanMeetren (OF, R/R, 6-2, 200, Jr., Las Vegas, NV) was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round with the 400th overall pick. VanMeetren was Stanford's only non-pitcher selected on the first day of the draft. He is hitting .318 with seven homers, 31 RBI and seven stolen bases.
Wodnicki (RHP, R/R, 6-4, 205, Jr., Southington, CT) was the final Stanford player taken on the opening day of the draft as he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 16th round with the 494th pick overall. Wodnicki is Stanford's all-time leader in won-loss percentage with a 13-1 (.929) lifetime record at Stanford. This year, he is 6-1 with a 4.97 ERA and has a team-high-tying six saves. He also leads the club with 26 appearances.