Isler, Proctor Sign With Their MLB Clubs
Jake Proctor signed with the Minnesota Twins over the weekend.

June 11, 2012

CINCINNATI — University of Cincinnati juniors Zach Isler (Union, Ky./Covington Catholic) and Jake Proctor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) have each signed contracts with their respective Major League Baseball clubs over the weekend, forgoing their fourth year of NCAA eligibility.

Isler, a 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher, was drafted Tuesday in the eighth round (No. 261 overall) by the Chicago White Sox.

Proctor, a 6-foot-2 outfielder, was selected Wednesday by the Minnesota Twins in the 14th round (No. 430 overall).

Redshirt sophomore right-hander Christian McElroy (Middletown, Ohio/Monroe/Sinclair CC) was the third Bearcat taken in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft last week, going to the hometown Cincinnati Reds in the 32nd round (No. 982). McElroy has until 5 p.m. July 13 to decide whether to return to UC, where he has two remaining seasons of eligibility, or sign a professional contract with the Reds.

Bearcats Near Top of BIG EAST Draft Picks: Cincinnati’s three drafted student-athletes were tied for second in the BIG EAST Conference, trailing only St. John’s University, which had five players selected last week.

UConn, Louisville, Notre Dame and USF were tied for second with UC with three picks apiece. Georgetown followed with two draftees, followed by Rutgers, Seton Hall and Villanova, which all had one player selected.

Pittsburgh and West Virginia were the only two schools who did not have a player chosen.

Below is the complete list of BIG EAST players taken in the 2012 MLB Draft:

Team Round Pick Name School Position Class
Padres 2 68 Jeremy Baltz St. John's LF Jr.
Mets 3 107 Matt Koch Louisville RHP Jr.
Mariners 4 131 Patrick Kivlehan Rutgers 3B Sr.
Rockies 5 168 Matthew Wessinger St. John's SS Sr.
Rockies 6 198 Matt Carasiti St. John's RHP Jr.
White Sox 6 201 Kyle Hansen St. John's RHP Jr.
Reds 6 202 Joseph Hudson Notre Dame C Jr.
White Sox 8 261 Zach Isler Cincinnati RHP Jr.
Angels 8 267 Austin Adams USF RHP Jr.
Twins 9 280 LJ Mazilli UConn 2B Jr.
Nationals 9 294 Derek Self Louisville RHP Sr.
Cubs 12 374 Justin Amlung Louisville RHP Sr.
Twins 14 430 Jake Proctor Cincinnati OF Jr.
D'Backs 14 453 Derrick Stultz USF RHP R-Sr.
Rockies 15 468 Scott Oberg UConn RHP Jr.
Nationals 18 564 David Fischer UConn RHP Sr.
Rangers 18 576 Ryan Harvey Seton Hall RHP Jr.
Brewers 20 635 Michael Garza Georgetown SS Sr.
Nationals 22 284 Will Hudgins Notre Dame RHP Sr.
Cardinals 26 810 Steven Sabatino Notre Dame LHP Jr.
Twins 29 880 Sean Hagan St. John's LHP Jr.
Cardinals 30 930 Kyle Helisek Villanova LHP Sr.
Reds 32 982 Christian McElroy Cincinnati RHP R-So.
D'Backs 36 1113 Andrew Barbosa USF LHP Sr.
Royals 39 1183 Justin Leeson Georgetown OF Jr.

UC Recruit Drafted: Incoming UC signee Mitchell Patishall, a right-handed pitcher from Pendleton Heights, Ind., was drafted by the White Sox in the 36th round (No. 1101 overall). He has until the July 13 deadline to either sign a professional contract or enroll at Cincinnati for his freshman year.