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Garcia, Welmon Selected on Final Day of MLB Draft

Senior Kevin Garcia was taken in the MLB Draft on Saturday.
Senior Kevin Garcia was taken in the MLB Draft on Saturday.

June 7, 2014

The Toronto Blue Jays selected LMU catcher Kevin Garcia with the 894th overall pick in the 30th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday before righty Colin Welmon was taken in the 34th round (1,031 overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The duo joins Trevor Megill, who was taken in the 3rd round (104th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, as Lions drafted in 2014.

Garcia, who finished up his senior year in 2014, batted .246 while starting 35 games for the Lions. The right-hand hitting catcher scored 14 runs and collected nine doubles, a homer and 13 RBI. Behind the plate, Garcia picked off five runners and threw out 47% of potential base stealers (21 of 45).

Welmon, a 2014 first team All-WCC selection, went 10-2 with a 2.37 ERA over 14 starts serving as LMU's Friday starter for the third straight year this year. The right-hander posted four complete games, including three straight to finish the year, and all four in his last five starts. Included in those four complete games were two complete-game shutouts, both coming against West Coast Conference foes. The native of Tustin, Calif., who struck out 58 and walked 19 over 106.1 innings, tossed 7.0+ innings in all but two starts this year. His 1.61 walks per nine innings in 2014 rank third in LMU history, while his 10 wins are the most since Billy Traber won 10 in 2000.

If Welmon signs and does not return for his senior year at LMU, it will be the end of a stellar three-year career for the native of Tustin, Calif. Welmon has made 41 starts as a Lion, posting a 22-10 overall record and a 2.86 ERA - good for third in LMU history. His 22 victories are tied for 10th all-time at LMU, while his .688 winning percentage is sixth in the books. Welmon has tossed 6.0+ innings in 32 of his 41 career starts and has registered six complete games and three shutouts. Over 280 innings on the hill, Welmon struck out 188 batters while walking just 58 for a 3.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Looking solely at the walks numbers, Welmon averaged 1.86 walks per nine innings over his career - good for first all-time at LMU. Always reliable, the two-time All-WCC first team selection completed 5.0+ innings in all but two starts in his career, recording 29 quality starts, including 13 of his last 15 times out.

 

 

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