Liberty pitcher Shawn Teufel was taken in the MLB Draft this evening by the Detroit Tigers.
Liberty pitcher Shawn Teufel has been selected in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft this evening by the Detroit Tigers. Teufel, who this spring completed his final season with the Flames, becomes the 40th player in Liberty history to be taken in the MLB draft. He becomes the second Flames pitcher to be taken by the Tigers in last three years, as right-hander David Stokes was taken by the team in the 28th round during the 2008 draft.
The left-hander earned Big South All-Conference first-team honors for the second consecutive year this past season, helping the Flames to a school record for victories with a 42-19 mark. Teufel posted a 10-4 record with a 2.44 ERA over 100 1/3 innings of work in his final season in a Liberty uniform. His season win total is the second-most in school history, while his season ERA is the fourth-best for a season. He recorded 92 strikeouts and walked 40 during 15 starts. He also pitched three complete games. Besides his season marks, Teufel also is listed fourth on the Liberty all-time list with a 3.22 career ERA.
The Tequesta, Fla., native led the Big South in innings pitched and complete games, while ranking second in the conference in ERA and strikeouts. Teufel was also third in the league in opponent batting average, as opposing hitters hit just .232 against him.
Teufel was named to the initial College Baseball Foundation's Pitcher of the Year Watch in 2010. The left-hander was also recognized as the Big South Pitcher of the Week for April 29.
With the left-hander's selection, the Flames have had a player taken in every MLB Draft since 2000.
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