Junior right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek was selected with the 29th overall pick of the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
A native of Overland Park, Kan., Stanek is the seventh Razorback in school history to be drafted in the first round and the third pitcher in school history to go in the first round. Stanek is the fourth UA player taken in the first round over the last seven seasons.
In his three seasons at Arkansas, Stanek has developed into one of the most dominant pitchers in college baseball. A first team All-SEC selection and second team All-American, Stanek finished the season with a 10-2 record and a 1.39 ERA in 16 starts. Stanek currently leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally in ERA. His 1.39 ERA is the third-lowest single-season ERA in school history, while his 10 victories are tied for the ninth most in a season. In 97.1 innings pitched, Stanek allowed 23 runs, 15 earned, on 72 hits and struck out 79 batters. Opponents hit .207 against Stanek. In 11 starts vs. SEC opponents, Stanek had an 8-1 record with a 0.86 ERA. Stanek allowed two or fewer earned runs in 14 of his 16 starts and allowed one earned run or less in 10 of 11 starts vs. SEC opponents.
Stanek has pitched in 48 games, including 45 starts, as a Razorback and has a 22-8 career record with one save and a 2.55 ERA. In 254 innings, Stanek has struck out 203 batters, while giving up 88 runs, 72 earned, on 197 hits. He's held opponents to a .216 batting average. Stanek currently ranks sixth in school history in career ERA and sixth in career starts.
Stanek is the fourth Arkansas player to be drafted in the first round since Dave Van Horn became head coach in 2003. Other Arkansas players to be selected in the first round include Kevin McReynolds (No. 6 overall to the San Diego Padres in 1981), Jeff King (No. 1 overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986), David Walling (No. 27 overall to the New York Yankees in 1999), Nick Schmidt (No. 23 overall to the San Diego Padres in 2007), Logan Forsythe (No. 46 overall to the San Diego Padres in 2008) and Zack Cox (No. 25 overall to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010).
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