Big Red Machine Bound!; Klimesh drafted by Cincinnati in 15th Round of MLB Draft

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Trinity University pitcher Ben Klimesh became the second Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) student-athlete selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Exclusive Ben Klimesh Post-Draft Interview

Klimesh, the conference's two-time Pitcher-of-the-Year, was drafted in the 15th round as the 472nd overall selection - the third-highest selection by a SCAC student-athlete in the history of the MLB amateur draft.

Birmingham-Southern's Bruce Maxwell was selected in the second round (62nd overall selection) earlier today.

Klimesh, a senior right-hander from Wilmette, Ill., led the SCAC in innings pitched (110.2), strikeouts (154), complete games (9) and wins (13) this season. His 154 strikeouts established a new school and SCAC single-season record.

A first team all-America selection, Klimesh also set school records with 365 career strikeouts (also the SCAC mark) and 31 career wins (2nd all-time in the SCAC). His 1.71 ERA ranked second in the SCAC behind his teammate Ryan Lucero. The SCAC Pitcher-of-the-Year in 2011 and 2012, Klimesh became the first pitcher to win that award in consecutive seasons since Rhodes College's Robert Flanagan in 2006 and 2007.

In addition to the above accolades, Klimesh was an SCAC First Team selection and was named to the SCAC All-Tournament team. Klimesh was also honored as the SCAC Pitcher of the Week twice during the regular season.

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SCAC Major Leaue Baseball Draft Picks (Since 1987) 
Player School Round Team Year
Peter Austin Millsaps 40th (#1202 overall) Pittsburgh 1997
Matt Blanton Hendrix 23rd (#695 overall) St. Louis 2003
Jason Armstrong Trinity (Texas) 25th (#747 overall) Toronto 2004
Garner Wetzel Millsaps 10th (#297 overall) Colorado 2005
Garner Wetzel Millsaps 18th (#543 overall) San Diego 2006
Nick Vera Trinity (Texas) 32nd (#981 overall) St. Louis 2007
Evan Bronson Trinity (Texas) 36th (#1,088 overall) Milwaukee 2008
Evan Bronson Trinity (Texas) 29th (#862 overall) Washington 2009
Daniel Sarisky Oglethorpe 40th (#1,211 overall) Houston 2009
Drew Leachman Birmingham-Southern 37th (#1,138 overall) Minnesota 2011
Bruce Maxwell Birmingham-Southern 2nd (#62 overall) Oakland 2012
Ben Klimesh Trinity (Texas) 15th (#472 overall) Cincinnati 2012

 

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