The Louisville baseball program had three players – right-handed pitcher Tony Zych, second baseman Ryan Wright and right-hander Derek Self – and four prep signees selected on day two of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
Zych, a junior from Monee, Ill., was selected 129th overall by the Chicago Cubs in the fourth of 50 rounds in the draft. He was followed by Wright, a junior from Fort Wayne, Ind., who was taken 175th overall (5th Round) by the Cincinnati Reds, while Self was selected 826th (27th Round) by the Oakland Athletics.
Along the three current Cardinals, four other Louisville baseball prep signees were selected on the second day of the three-day draft. Those four were right-handed pitcher Mark Biggs (8th Round, 259th overall, Toronto Blue Jays) from Bowling Green, Ky., and Warren East High School, left-hander Adam Schemenauer (12th Round, 366th overall, Kansas City Royals) from Parkville, Mo., and Park Hill South High School, right-hander Nick Burdi (24th Round, 748th overall, Minnesota Twins) from Downers Grove, Ill., and Downers Grove South High School and righty Jared Ruxer (29th Round, 878th overall, Cleveland Indians) from Indianapolis, Ind., and Lawrence Central High School.
In his third season as a Cardinal, Zych earned Third Team All-BIG EAST honors while finishing with 13 saves, the second highest single season total in school history. He also had 30 strikeouts in 30.0 innings of relief this season to go with a 3.00 ERA and an 0-2 record. Zych also ranks fifth in career saves at Louisville with 15.
Wright was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection while leading the Cardinals in hitting (.346), home runs (12), RBI (52), runs scored (49) and doubles (15) and was tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 16 in 18 attempts. He ranks fourth at U of L in career hits (260), tied for fourth in career RBI (198), sixth in career batting (.349), ninth in career stolen bases (48) and tied for ninth in career doubles (48).
Self, one of the Cardinals’ most dependable pitchers in 2011, had an ERA of 2.26 to go with a 3-3 record and one save. After spending much of the season in the bullpen, he moved into the Cardinals’ weekend rotation during the final few weeks and finished with 21 total appearances and 75.2 innings pitched this season. Overall, Self is 17-3 in his career at Louisville and ranks tied for sixth in career wins and eighth in career ERA (3.43)
The first 60 selections of the 2011 MLB Draft, which included the first round and first compensation round, were completed on Monday night, while the final 20 rounds (31-50) will be completed on Wednesday afternoon. The deadline for MLB teams to sign players selected in the 2011 MLB Draft is Aug. 15.
With the three selections on day two of this year’s event, the Louisville baseball program, under the direction of head coach Dan McDonnell, has produced 27 MLB draft selections during the last five seasons. Last year, the Cardinals set a school record with 10 players selected in the draft.
Louisville Baseball at the 2011 MLB Draft - Day Two
2011 Louisville Players
- RHP Tony Zych (Monee, Ill./St. Rita HS) - 4th Round - 129th Overall - Chicago Cubs
- 2B Ryan Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead HS) - 5th Round - 175th Overall - Cincinnati Reds
- RHP Derek Self (Cave City, Ky./Caverna HS) - 27th Round - 826th Overall - Oakland Athletics
2011 Louisville Prep Signees
- RHP Mark Biggs (Bowling Green, Ky./Warren East HS) - 8th Round - 259th Overall - Toronto Blue Jays
- LHP Adam Schemenauer (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South HS) - 12th Round - 366th Overall - Kansas City Royals
- RHP Nick Burdi (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South HS) - 24th Round - 748th Overall - Minnesota Twins
- RHP Jared Ruxer (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central HS) - 29th Round - 878th Overall - Cleveland Indians