Tim Cunningham And Scott Dragicevich Complete Selections In 2002 MLB Draft
June 5, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford junior lefthander Tim Cunningham (Rocklin, CA/Rocklin HS) and senior third baseman Scott Dragicevich completed Stanford's selections in the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft when they were chosen on the second day of the draft Wednesday.
Cunningham was selected in the 23rd round by the Atlanta Braves. Cunningham is 9-2 with a 3.86 ERA this season, striking out 62 batters in 102.2 innings and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2002. He has posted a 20-4 (.833) lifetime record at Stanford, ranking tied for seventh on the school's all-time won-loss percentage list.
Dragicevich was selected in the 36th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Dragicevich is hitting .354 with five homers, 32 RBI and three stolen bases.
Stanford junior righthanded pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (Ashland, OR/Ashland HS) highlighted Stanford's selections on the first day of the draft when he was picked in the first round by the Cleveland Indians with the 22nd pick overall. Junior outfielder/designated hitter Jason Cooper (Cleveland Indians, 3rd round), senior second baseman Chris O'Riordan (Texas Rangers, 8th round), senior shortstop Andy Topham (Houston Astros, 9th round) and junior righthanded pitcher Darin Naatjes (Philadelphia Phillies, 14th round) were the other Stanford players selected on the first day of the draft.
'I'm happy and excited with what happened in the draft today,' said Guthrie on Tuesday. 'Now, it is time to focus on the rest of the collegiate season with the Super Regional and hopefully the College World Series coming up.'
'Jeremy is one of, if not the best, pitcher in college baseball,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'He'll be a tremendous professional pitcher because he has the ability to throw three or four pitches for strikes. I'm happy for him because he's earned it and worked hard.'
Guthrie is a finalist for the 2002 Golden Spikes Award given annually to college baseball's top player and the Pac-10's Pitcher of the Year. He has compiled an 11-1 record with a 2.34 ERA in his junior season, striking out 119 batters in 134.1 innings and tossing five complete games with one shutout.
Guthrie has a couple of memorable outings this season, pitching a 13-inning complete game in a 3-2 win over Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the NCAA Regional on May 31. He also struck out a career-high 13 batters in a complete game 11-0 victory at UCLA on May 17. He has pitched at least 6.0 innings in all 17 starts this season.
Guthrie has posted a 24-5 career record with a 2.58 ERA in less than two full seasons at Stanford, winning 15 of his last 16 decisions overall. Guthrie has recorded 247 strikeouts in 268.1 innings pitched. He has twice been named a National Player of the Week and has earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors three times.
Guthrie is the 13th Stanford player to be selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft in the last 16 years. He had previously been selected in the third round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001 and the 15th round by the New York Mets in 1997.
Cooper (Moses Lake, WA/Moses Lake HS) was selected by Cleveland in the third round. Cooper, a Preseason All-American and an All-Pac-10 selection, is hitting .351 with 13 homers and 52 RBI. Cooper was previously drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1999.
'You're always a little nervous and anxious on draft day but to hear your name called early in the draft is pretty exciting,' said Cooper. 'I was fortunate to get picked early, and I am excited about it. Now, I can really focus on the Super Regional and then go back to the other stuff later.'
O'Riordan (San Diego, CA/Bishop's HS) was taken by the Texas Rangers in the eighth round. O'Riordan, a Preseason All-American and All-Pac-10 selection, is hitting .335 with 10 homers, 43 RBI and five stolen bases.
Topham (Sacramento, CA/El Camino HS) was chosen by the Houston Astros in the ninth round. He is hitting .303 with five homers, 40 RBI and nine stolen bases.
O'Riordan and Topham were both drafted for the first time.
Naatjes (Alvord, IA/West Lyon HS) was picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 14th round in his first year as a full-time collegiate pitcher. He is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA and has struck out 25 batters in 21.1 innings for a 10.55 strikeouts per nine innings mark. He was previously drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 22nd round of the 1999 draft.