June 5, 2012
UC MLB Draft Central Page
CINCINNATI — University of Cincinnati outfielder Jake Proctor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was selected by the Minnesota Twins with the 430th overall pick in the 14th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft; the second Bearcat to get drafted Tuesday.
"I've worked my whole life for an opportunity to play professional baseball and it feels good that it's finally here," said Proctor. "I feel blessed and very excited that the Twins were the team that chose me. Of all the teams I spoke to, I felt most comfortable with what they had to say. Overall I'm just excited."
Proctor, a 6-foot-2 junior, started UC's first 42 ballgames of the season before missing the final 14 due to a leg injury suffered April 25 vs. Xavier. He batted .284 with 29 runs, three home runs, 28 RBIs and 14 stolen bases and was the team leader in RBIs and stolen bases before the injury. The Oak Hills High School product finished the year second on the team in steals and third in batting, slugging (.399), on-base (.340), runs, hits (52), RBIs and total bases (73).
In 2012 Proctor produced a career-high four hits at Notre Dame April 13, stole a career-best three bases vs. Oakland on March 3 and recorded career highs in RBIs (5) and total bases (7) vs. UMBC Feb. 26.
In 138 game played over three seasons at Cincinnati, Proctor owns a .256 batting average with 92 runs, 23 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 61 RBIs and 38 stolen bases. His stolen-base total ranks 15th all-time in UC history and his 122 games started are tied for 22nd.
With the drafting of Proctor, head coach Brian Cleary has had a player selected for the 21st time during his 16-year tenure at Cincinnati. Earlier Tuesday afternoon, junior right-handed pitcher Zach Isler (Union, Ky./Covington Catholic) was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the eighth round with pick No. 261, extending UC’s draft streak to eight years.
Proctor will have until 5 p.m. July 13 to sign with the Twins or choose to complete his fourth year of eligibility at UC.