Pete Duda, Jeff Gilmore And John Hester Round Out Stanford's Selections In 2005 MLB Draft

June 8, 2005

New York, N.Y. - Stanford Baseball players Pete Duda, Jeff Gilmore and John Hester were selected on the second and final day of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Duda, a junior righthanded pitcher from Bayonne, N.J., was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the first pick of the 20th round (591st overall). Gilmore, a junior righthanded pitcher from Huntington Beach, Calif., was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 31st round (923rd overall). Hester, a junior catcher from Roswell, Ga., was chosen by the Boston Red Sox in the 34th round (1008th overall).

Pete Duda was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 20th round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday

Duda was a member of the 2005 Stanford roster but did not see any game action. He has made four appearances in his three-year Stanford career (all in his sophomore campaign in 2004), going 0-0 with an 8.44 ERA and striking out two in 5.1 innings.

'I was excited when I found out about being selected by Arizona Diamondbacks this morning,' said Duda. 'I'm happy to have a chance to start my professional career. It's been my life-long dream to play professional baseball, and now I have a chance to realize that goal.'

Gilmore rose to the role of Stanford's ace late in his junior campaign in 2005 as he paced the team in wins (10-3, #4T Pac-10) and innings pitched (117.1, #1 Pac-10), while co-leading the squad in games started (17, #3T Pac-10) to earn All-Pac-10 recognition. He also had a 3.76 ERA that was the lowest among Stanford pitchers that pitched at least one inning per team game played in 2005 and ranked second on the club with 80 strikeouts.

Over his three-year career at Stanford, Gilmore has posted a 20-5 record for an .800 winning percentage that ranks just outside the team's all-time list. He has pitched in 40 games for the Cardinal with 34 starts. Gilmore was 10-2 with a 4.43 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 107.2 innings as a sophomore when he went from pitching just 2.1 innings as a freshman to the No. 2 spot in the team's rotation to earn the squad's Most Improved Player honors.

John Hester was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 34th round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday

Hester started 58 of the team's 59 games in 2005, playing every inning in each of those 58 starts. He hit .282 with five homers, 41 RBI and seven stolen bases. Defensively, he made just four errors in 458 defensive chances for a .991 fielding percentage and had only four passed balls to rank tied for the best of all qualifying catchers in the Pac-10.

None of Wednesday's three selections had ever been chosen in the draft before.

The trio brings the total of Stanford Baseball players selected in the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft to six, joining first day selections John Mayberry, Jr., Jed Lowrie and Mark Romanczuk. Mayberry, a junior first baseman from Kansas City, Mo., was chosen as a rightfielder by the Texas Rangers in the first round with the 19th selection overall. Lowrie, a junior second baseman from Salem, Ore., was taken by the Boston Red Sox as a Compensation A choice between the first and second rounds with the 45th pick overall. Romanczuk, a junior lefthanded pitcher from Newark, Del., was picked in the fourth round (111th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Stanford has now had 17 players in the past 19 years of the draft taken in either the first round or as a Compensation A pick.

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