Baseball's Jeff Bruksch Agrees To Terms With Oakland Athletics

Sept. 26, 2001

Stanford, Calif. - Right-handed pitcher Jeff Bruksch (Los Angeles, CA/Beverly Hills HS) has agreed to terms with the Oakland Athletics. Bruksch, a fifth-round selection of Oakland in the First-Year Player Draft this past June, becomes the fourth player from Stanford's 2001 College World Series runner-up baseball squad to agree to terms or sign a contract with a professional baseball organization.

Bruksch posted a 9-3 record and a 3.18 earned run average in 23 appearances and 17 starts as a junior in 2001. Bruksch also tied a pair of College World Series records as he returned to a closer role during the 2001 CWS and recorded a save in each of the Cardinal's three victories to tie a single-series CWS record. His four career CWS saves also ties a record.

Bruksch, who spent the 2001 regular season in the starting rotation, was second on the club in innings pitched (124.1) and strikeouts (107) last year, while tying for the club lead in complete games (3) and shutouts (1).

As Stanford's primary closer during the 2000 season, Bruksch tied the Cardinal single-season save record with 13 to go with a 4-4 record and a 3.16 ERA.

Bruksch finished a two-year Stanford career with a 13-7 record, 16 saves and a 3.18 ERA as he struck out 176 batters in 181.1 innings. His 16 saves His 16 career saves ranks third all-time on The Farm.

Three other players from Stanford's 2001 team -- LHP Mike Gosling (Arizona Diamondbacks), OF Jason VanMeetren (Seattle Mariners) and RHP Mike Wodnicki (St. Louis Cardinals) -- signed professional baseball contracts earlier this year.

Right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in June, attended class on Wednesday and will return to the Cardinal for the 2002 season. Guthrie led or co-led Stanford in victories, innings pitched, strikeouts, games started, complete games and shutouts as a sophomore last season. Guthrie posted a 13-4 record with a 2.82 ERA in his first year with the Cardinal, striking out 128 batters in 134.0 innings pitched. Guthrie started 20 games, completing three and recording one shutout.

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