May 23, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park. Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Draft: USC Star Pitcher Wyatt Strahan Goes to Reds in 3rd Round

Wyatt Strahan became the first USC Trojan baseball player selected in the 2014 MLB Draft when the Cincinnati Reds chose him with the 20th pick of the third round. Strahan was the 94th overall selection and the 33rd right-handed pitcher taken.

He also becomes the highest drafted Trojan since 2009, when Robert Stock went in the second round.

The 6’3″ junior earned All-Pac-12 honors with a 5-3 record in 10 conference starts. According to a USC press release, he posted an ERA of 2.92 through 71.1 innings and held opponents to a .235 batting average. His 64 strikeouts were fourth-most in the Pac-12 during conference play.

Per the scouting report, Strahan hits the mid 90s with a fastball that has some sink. His hard curve has the chance to be an out pitch, and he shows good deception and sink with his changeup at times as well.

After spending his freshman year in the bullpen, making 22 appearances with a sparkly 1.37 ERA, Strahan moved into the Saturday starter’s role as a sophomore. He  compiled a 4-3 record in 12 starts, and his 2.45 ERA was the lowest among Trojan starters that year.

Though currently a long way off from joining the Reds staff, Strahan has the opportunity to keep company with Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and Aroldis Champan (pictured above).

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