MORAGA, Calif. - Senior Kyle Barraclough will be joining fellow Gael Patrick Wisdom to St. Louis. SMC's Saturday starter was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh round with the 240th overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
"I'm excited, it was very relieving to finally get it over with," said Barraclough. "I'm stoked to get the opportunity to play with Wisdom. I'm glad everything worked out the way that it did, coming back for my senior year, I have no regrets and I'm looking forward for the opportunity to compete at the next level."
Barraclough finished the year with a 2-9 record. However, he pitched far better than the 2-9 record indicates. He finished the season with a 3.95 ERA, allowing 37 earned runs in 84.1 innings pitched, he averaged 8.54 strike outs per nine innings which was the second best ratio of his career. In his 14 starts, seven went at least six innings with three earned runs or less. He finished eighth in the West Coast Conference with 80 strike outs.
"Kyle was a horse for us the past four years," said head coach Jedd Soto. "He pitched a lot of big innings during his time at Saint Mary's College. He is extremely competitive, which should carry him a long way in professional baseball."
A three-time All-WCC recipient, he was named to the first team in 2011, honorable mention team in 2010 and was an all-freshman member in 2009. Barraclough finishes his career with 18 career wins, which is which is tied for sixth all-time at Saint Mary's. He surpassed legendary Gaels pitcher Tom Candiotti for second all-time with 290 career strike outs.
This is the second time that Barraclough has been drafted, he was taken by the Minnesota Twins in the 40th round as the 1,228 overall pick in the 2011 draft. He becomes the third member of the 2012 Saint Mary's team to be taken in the first two days of the draft.