Megill, Welmon Return to LMU
Right-handers Trevor Megill and Colin Welmon have elected to return to LMU after being drafted in 2014.
July 24, 2014
LMU right-handers Trevor Megill and Colin Welmon did not come to terms with the Cardinals and Pirates, respectively, after the pair were drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft. Megill, selected in the third round with the 104th overall pick, and Welmon, taken in the 34th round, will return to LMU next year to pitch for the Lions.
"We are extremely pleased that Colin and Trevor have delayed their opportunity to pitch for Major League Baseball," LMU head coach Jason Gill said. "Both young men are as good as it gets on and off the field, and for us to have their ability and leadership in our clubhouse is something you can't place a value on. LMU Baseball has a foundation that was laid by last year's team, and these guys returning for their senior and junior year gives us a better chance to continue to improve our organization. In my opinion, they are both Major League quality pitchers and people, and having them around will only benefit our younger players and that will make us all better."
Megill's third-round selection was the highest for LMU since the program had a player drafted in each of the first three rounds of the 2000 draft (Billy Traber - 1st round, Michael Schultz - 2nd round, Scott Walter - 3rd round). Megill did not appear in a game for LMU after having off-season Tommy John surgery, but scouts got a glimpse of his post-surgery abilities after he began to throw bullpens down the stretch. The 6'8 right-hander was a preseason All-WCC selection in 2013 after earning a spot on the WCC honorable mention and All-Freshman teams following his freshman year in 2012. As a sophomore, Megill made seven starts and eight appearances, finishing the season with a 3-3 record and 2.72 ERA. He tossed 43 innings and struck out 45 hitters with only 11 walks (4.09 strikeout/walk ratio) while holding opponents to a .188 batting average.
Graduating early from high school to attend LMU, Megill burst onto the scene and was inserted right into the rotation as a freshman. The native of Huntington Beach, Calif. posted a 5-8 record and a 3.57 ERA over 15 starts and 90.2 innings of work serving as LMU's Saturday starter in his inaugural campaign. The team-leader with 82 strikeouts as a freshman, he pitched to a 1.29 WHIP and 8.14 strikeouts per nine innings over the course of the year.
Megill is currently pitching for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League. To follow all of the Lions currently playing in summer leagues, please click the link below:
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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.
Welmon carries a stellar three-year career into his senior campaign, where he will attempt to continue to rewrite the LMU record book. 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. The native of Tustin, Calif. 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 has struck out 188 batters while walking just 58 for a 3.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Looking solely at the walks numbers, Welmon has averages 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 has completed 5.0+ innings in all but two starts in his career, recording 29 quality starts, including 13 of his last 15 times out.
After completing their senior seasons in the 2014, Kevin Garcia and Bret Dahlson have taken to the minor leagues this summer to begin their professional journeys on the diamond. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Garcia with the 894th overall pick in the 30th round to serve as a catcher within their organization. Garcia batted .246 while starting 35 games for the Lions. The right-hand hitting backstop 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).
Dahlson signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays following the draft, and is currently pitching for the Princeton Rays. LMU's all-time saves leader, Dahlson recorded 28 saves in his Lion career, including 11 in 2012 and 10 in 2014. His 11 in 2012 are second only to Darryl Scott's 13 in 1988 in the LMU record book. The native of Yorba Linda, Calif. made 82 career appearances despite appearing in only two games a freshman two-way player before becoming a full-fledged pitcher as a sophomore. For his career, Dahlson pitched to a 3.19 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 98.2 innings of work.
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