June 7, 2014
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati baseball redshirt sophomore Connor Walsh (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) was selected on Saturday by the Chicago White Sox in the 12th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He becomes the 18th UC player to be drafted in the last 10 seasons.
“We are excited for Connor to have the opportunity to begin his professional career” said head coach Ty Neal. “He has worked hard for this opportunity and he is ready”.
Walsh was picked in the 12th round of the 40-round draft with the 348th overall pick.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander led the team from the mound in 2014 with 70.0 innings pitched. He made 14 appearances on the year with a team-leading 11 starts and recorded a team-high five victories. He produced an ERA of 3.86 and held opposing batters to a .251 batting average.
Throughout his career, Walsh threw 101 strikeouts in just 29 appearances and made 24 starts for the Bearcats.
Walsh was named the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on April 28, 2014, after tossing a no-hitter through 5.2 innings against No. 12 Houston and keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 upset victory for Cincinnati. He also earned a spot on the league’s honor roll on May 5.
Walsh becomes the first player selected in the MLB draft under head coach Ty Neal who took over as the Bearcats’ skipper in June, 2013.
The hurler joins a long line of UC players who have been drafted, including current MLB standouts Josh Harrison (2006-08, Pittsburgh Pirates) and Tony Campana (2007-08, Arizona Diamondbacks).