June 8, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – On Saturday afternoon, Brett Barber of the Ohio University baseball team became the latest Bobcat to get selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. The native of Hurricane, W.Va., was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 37th round of the 2013 draft as the 1,105th overall selection.
Barber’s selection makes him the 131st Bobcat to be picked in the MLB Draft in the history of Ohio’s baseball program. He is the first Bobcat to be drafted since Seth Streich was taken in the sixth round (199th overall) by the Oakland Athletics during the 2012 draft.
Barber made 30 appearances for the Bobcats in 2013, earning a 2-6 record and a 4.37 earned-run average while serving primarily as Ohio’s closer. He struck out 52 hitters in 57.2 innings on the year while only allowing 28 earned runs.
Throughout his career, Barber made 49 appearances for the Bobcats and pitched a total of 129.1 innings.
Barber was named Second Team Preseason All-Mid-American Conference by CollegeSportsMadness.com prior to the outset of the 2013 season. This came following a very strong 2012 campaign during which he ranked sixth in the league in saves (6), posted a 2.75 ERA, and went a perfect 3-0 on the year.
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