June 5, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University right-hander Seth Streich was selected in the sixth round (199 overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball first-year player draft on Tuesday.
"I just want to thank everyone, who has been involved in this entire process," Streich said. "To be drafted by the Oakland Athletics is just such a great feeling. Ohio University will always hold a special place in my heart and I look forward to the next step."
Streich becomes the first Ohio player to be selected in the MLB Draft since 2010. In 2010, Ohio had three players drafted in Gauntlett Eldemire, Robert Maddox III and Jerod Yakubik. Streich becomes the 41st player to sign a professional contract under head coach Joe Carbone.
"We are so very happy for Seth and his family," Carbone said. "He has worked extremely hard over the last three years to become one of the country's most outstanding pitchers."
Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) led the team in strikeouts with 62 despite missing two starts because of an injury. He also appeared in 75.1 innings and logged three complete games, which tied for fourth in the Mid-American Conference.
The Ohio starter finished the year with a 4.42 earned run average, and was the only player on the team this season to be named MAC East Player of the Week twice.
Off the field, Streich displayed strong leadership qualities, which caught the eye of his teammates as he was selected as one of two team captains this season for the Bobcats.
Streich also excelled offensively for the Bobcats, finishing his career with 11 home runs and 60 RBI.