Greg Reynolds Taken Second Overall By Colorado In 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft
June 6, 2006
New York, N.Y. - Stanford junior righthanded pitcher Greg Reynolds been selected second overall by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. The native of Pacifica, Calif., becomes the highest pick ever from Stanford as well as the 18th Stanford player in the last 20 years of the draft to be taken in either the first round or as a Compensation A pick.
'Being selected second overall in 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is a huge honor for me,' said Reynolds, a 2003 graduate from Terra Nova High School in Pacifica, California. 'I like the Colorado Rockies organization a lot. It seems like a great situation, and I'm really excited. It's also quite an honor to be the highest pick every from Stanford. With all the players that have come through the Stanford program in the past that it is incredible. It will take a long time to sink in.'
Reynolds has come on towards the end of his junior season by pitching complete games in five of his last six starts, most recently with a complete game victory in the NCAA Regional opener versus North Carolina State on June 2 that helped earn him NCAA All-Regional honors for the first time in his career. The honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection has a 7-5 overall record (#5T Pac-10 in wins) and 3.36 ERA (#9 Pac-10) in 2006 with team-highs of 99 strikeouts (#5 Pac-10), 120.2 innings pitched (#3 Pac-10) and 17 starts (#1T Pac-10). Reynolds pitched the first three complete games of his career and the first three by a Stanford pitcher this season in three straight starts from April 30 - May 12 before the string was broken along with a four-game win streak when he took a loss at UCLA on May 19. The three-game complete game streak concluded with his first career complete game shutout to outduel Washington ace Tim Lincecum in a 5-0 Stanford win (May 12), a six-hitter to beat California ace Brandon Morrow in a 3-2 Cardinal win (May 5) and a career-best three-hitter versus Arizona State (April 28) in a 7-1 Stanford win. Reynolds earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on both May 2 for the Arizona State performance and May 16 after the Washington contest. He has lasted at least 5.1 innings in each of his 17 starts this season and given up more than three earned runs only three times, while going 7.2 or more frames on eight occasions.
Reynolds has a 13-9 career record with a 4.16 ERA in 50 appearances and 27 starts, adding five complete games, one complete game shutout and a pair of combined shutouts. He is the team's active career leader in strikeouts (165) and innings pitched (199.0), as well as sharing the lead among active players in wins (13).
Reynolds had previously been selected in the 41st round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft continues on Tuesday before concluding with its second and final day on Wednesday, June 8. Stay tuned to gostanford.com for the latest updates on Stanford players selected in the draft.
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