Ryan McCally And Sam Fuld Taken On Second Day Of 2003 MLB Draft
June 4, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - Senior righthanded pitcher Ryan McCally and junior outfielder Sam Fuld completed Stanford's selections in the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft when they were chosen on the second day of the draft Wednesday. McCally was selected by the Tampa Devil Rays in the 23rd round, while Fuld was taken by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round. The selections of Fuld and McCally bring the total of Stanford players chosen to six after Carlos Quentin (1st round, Arizona Diamondbacks), John Hudgins (3rd round, Texas Rangers), Ryan Garko (3rd round, Cleveland Indians) and Tim Cunningham (9th round, Texas Rangers) were chosen on the first day of the two-day draft Tuesday.
'I was pleased that both Sam (Fuld) and Ryan (McCally) were drafted today,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'It was most deserving, and I even thought that both of them might have gone sooner. With Ryan being a senior, I'm definitely happy for him getting to go play professional baseball. With Sam's situation if the offer is good enough (he'll probably go out and play), if not he'll come back for his senior year.'
McCally has a 13-6 all-time record at Stanford and is the school's active leader with 13 career saves and 91 appearances. He spent most of his first three seasons in the bullpen before making 12 starts in 22 appearances this season. McCally has a 6-2 record, a pair of saves and a 4.88 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 83.0 innings this year. He came up with arguably the best performance of his career in one of his most critical starts last Friday, pitching just his second career complete game and striking out a career-high 10 batters in the first game of the NCAA Regional to lead the Cardinal to a 9-2 win over Illinois-Chicago. McCally was one of the team's top relievers as a junior in 2002 when he co-led the club with seven saves in a team-high 25 appearances. McCally has also been especially effective in the postseason during his career with a 1-0 record and a 1.09 ERA in 24.2 innings of work.
'I was really excited today when I learned that I had been drafted,' said McCally. 'It means a lot to me and my family. They put a lot of effort into making sure I had everything I needed to have an opportunity to do this and hopefully play in the Major Leagues some day.'
Fuld has been one of college baseball's premier outfielders in his first three years at Stanford, earning First Team All-American status as a sophomore in 2002 and three consecutive All-Pac-10 honors. Fuld currently ranks among Stanford's all-time leaders in batting average (.356, #4T), triples (15, #4T), hits (278, #8) and doubles (51, #9). He is also Stanford's active leader in hits and triples, as well as runs scored (197), at bats (781), sacrifice bunts (11, co-leader with Brian Hall) and multiple-hit games (86), including an amazing 21 three-hit contests and 13 four-hit games. Last season, Fuld set a new Stanford record and led the Pac-10 with 110 hits, while batting .375 with eight homers, 47 RBI and eight stolen bases. Fuld was a .357 hitter as a freshman in 2001 on his way to Freshman All-American honors. This year, Fuld is hitting .333 and has nine triples, just one shy of the 50-year-old single-season school record of 10 established by Jack Shepard in 1953. Fuld ranks second in the Pac-10 and tied for sixth in the NCAA in triples, and is also among the conference leaders in runs scored (74, #3), at bats (303, #4) and hits (87, #6). He currently has a career-best 17-game hit streak (5/3 - 6/1).
'Getting drafted regardless of what round is a dream come true,' said Fuld. 'It's a big honor and something that I dreamed about growing up but never really thought would come true. It's a pretty special day for me. Where I go from here, I don't really know. I'm going to worry about the rest of the college season right now, and I'll take care of the professional side of it when the college season is over.'