Kraig Sitton Selected By Boston In 17th Round Of MLB Draft

June 10, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State sophomore left-handed pitcher Kraig Sitton has been selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 17th round (528th overall) of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

Sitton is Oregon State's third selection in the 2009 draft. Sitton is eligible as a sophomore because he redshirted his first year (2007) with Oregon State.

He follows Ryan Ortiz (Oakland - 6th round) and Jorge Reyes (San Diego - 17th round) in the draft.

Sitton came to Oregon State from McMinnville High School (Ore.) where he went undrafted. In two years with the Beavers, Sitton has been a relief specialist, racking up a 3-3 record and a 3.97 earned run average. In 48 appearances with the Beavers, Sitton has worked 45 1/3 innings, striking out 50 while opponents have hit .246 against him.

In his two seasons with the Beavers, Sitton has been excellent at keeping inherited runners from scoring. During that stretch, he has inherited 66 runners, with just 11 scoring (16.7 percent).

In 2009, that inherited figure was just nine percent as Sitton inherited 33 and allowed three to score. He used that to help cap off a season that saw him go 1-3 with a 4.05 ERA. But he walked seven while striking out 27 in 20 innings. Opponents hit just .225 against him.

Sitton began his career on the field in 2008, a year after redshirting, and finished the year 2-0 with a 3.91 ERA. He struck out 23 in 25 1/3 innings of work.

Sitton is the first player from Oregon State to be selected by Boston since the Red Sox in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft. Ellsbury is currently Boston's starting center fielder.

Make sure to stay tuned to to find out where further Oregon State players are selected in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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