Bulldogs' Senior Right-hander Chosen by Pittsburgh in 10th Round of MLB Draft
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pat Ludwig, a right-handed pitcher who graduated from Yale University last month after completing his senior season on the baseball team, signed a professional contract to join the Pittsburgh Pirates organization on Wednesday, one week following his selection in the 10th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
Per policy of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the terms of Ludwig's contract were not disclosed.
Ludwig (Okemos, Mich.) was the 316th selection overall. It is the highest selection for a Yale player since the Boston Red Sox drafted catcher Ryan Lavarnway in the sixth round (202nd overall pick) in the 2008 Draft. In the 47-year history of the draft (1965), Ludwig is the seventh Yale player to be selected inside of the first 10 rounds.
Ludwig is one of three Yale players to be selected in this week's draft, along with junior left-handed pitcher Nolan Becker (11th round, 352nd overall pick) and senior outfielder Charlie Neil (37th round, 1144th overall pick). Together, the three former Bulldogs represent the 32nd, 33rd, and 34th players, respectively, to move on to the professional ranks during John Stuper's tenure as Yale's head coach. The selection of the three players represents the eighth straight year in which a Yale player was selected in the draft.
Ludwig, who earned All-Ivy League Second Team honors, went 1-5 in nine starts and shared the team's Ducky Pond Pitching Award, a career award for pitching excellence and character, with fellow senior Eric Shultz. Ludwig led the team in strikeouts (64), strikeouts looking (23), earned run average (2.73), and innings pitched (62.2). He led the Ivy League in strikeouts and strikeouts looking and was third in ERA, third in innings pitched and seventh in opposing batting average (.256).
"If ever a guy earned a chance to play after college, it's Pat," Stuper said following Ludwig's selection by the Pirates. "He busted his butt for four years, including pitching every summer. He worked hard on his craft and he worked hard in the weight room. He came in as a mid-80s guy with a nice clean delivery. He leaves as a low-90s guy who has touched 94. He has a great selection of pitches with a very good curve ball, slider, cutter, and a change that is improving. Our entire program is very proud of him."
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity