Xavier Magazine

Field of Dreams

Chalk up another victory for Xavier pitcher Tommy Shirley, who was drafted by the Houston Astros as the 273rd pick in the ninth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. Shirley’s selection is the second-highest draft pick in Xavier history, and he is the fifth Musketeer to be drafted in the last six years.

In 2010, the left-hander led the Musketeers with a 4.03 ERA in 15 starts, and he finished his junior campaign with a 4-3 record. In 96 innings of work last season, the North Huntingdon, Pa., native posted a team-best 98 strikeouts—the second-highest single season tally in Xavier history—and held the opposing batting average to .275.

“Tommy put himself in a great position for the draft this season with how hard he worked,” said Xavier’s assistant coach, Nick Otte. “It’s great that he’s one step closer to fulfilling his dream of being a Major League Baseball player.”

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