Pacific Tigers' junior pitcher Shelby Lackey realized a dream today when he was drafted with the 22nd pick in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Colorado Rockies.
Lackey posted a 4.13 ERA in his career at Pacific with an 8-7 record. 2018 was Lackey's best collegiate season. He led the Tigers in ERA (3.48), strikeouts (87), wins (6) and innings pitched (88.0). He posted top-10 numbers in the West Coast Conference in opposing batting average, innings pitched, strikeouts, wins and runners picked off. He was named as the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week earlier this season after allowing one hit and striking out one batter in a relief appearance against No. 2 Stanford and allowing just three hits in an eight-inning outing against Portland on the weekend. He had two more eight-inning outings throughout the season. On May 4 of 2018, Lackey struck out a personal-best 13 batters in a win against Santa Clara. He was an All-WCC Honorable Mention selection for his accomplishments in 2018.
Lackey is the 72nd Tiger to be drafted into the MLB. His selection makes it six-straight seasons that a player from Pacific has been taken in the Draft. Vince Arobio and Danny Meyer were both taken in the 2017 Draft by the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies respectively. Lackey is the second Tiger to be selected by the Rockies; Anthony Jackson was selected in the 16th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the organization. Lackey is also the first player to be drafted under head coach Ryan Garko who is coming off of his first season at the helm.
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