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Honors and Awards
MLB First-Year Player Draft:  10th Round (Houston Astros)
College Baseball Daily Top 100:  2012 (56)
All-Missouri Valley Conference:  2012 (1st Team, SP); 2011 (2nd Team, SP)
Cape Cod Baseball League All-League:  2011
Alaska Baseball League Postseason All-Star:  2010 (1st Team)
CollegeBaseball360.com National Honor Roll:  April 9, 2012
Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week:  April 12, 2010; May 9, 2011; April 9, 2012
Bradley Team Co-Captain:  2011, 2012
Bradley Baseball Mike Dunne Pitching Award:  2010 and 2011
Bradley Braves Council Representative:  2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 (President)
Bradley A.D. Honor Roll:  Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
Bradley/Country Financial Scholar-Athlete of the Week:  April 18, 2012, March 7, 2012May 10, 2011 

Career Statistics

Year        ERA    W     L     App.     GS      CG    ShO     S     IP          H        R        ER     BB     SO     B/AVG.    
2009 3.39 4 2 14 6 0 0/0 0 63.2 67 30 24 17 50 .270
2010 5.67 4 5 14 14 2 0/1 0 81.0 100 59 51 24 68 .298
2011 3.00 6 6 15 15 3 1./1 0 105.0 86 46 35 33 71 .229
2012 2.70 7 3 15 15 4 0/0 0 110.0 93 40 33 21 113 .225
4 Yrs. 3.58 21 16 58 50 9 1/2 0 359.2 346 175 143 95 302 .252

At Bradley (2009-12)
A two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, including first-team all-league honors in 2012, Bircher set Bradley career records with 302 strikeouts and 359.2 innings pitched ... Selected by the Houston Astros with the first pick of the 10th round in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft ... Bircher's 3.58 career earned run average was the fifth-best by a Bradley pitcher since metal bats were introduced in 1974 ... His 113 strikeouts in 2012 equalled the second-best season total in program history and were the most by a Brave since 1956 ... Tied for fourth in school history with 21 career victories ... Finished second in school history with 50 career starts.

High School
A four-year baseball player for coach Tom Kupfer at Roncalli Catholic (Neb.) High School, Bircher was a second-team all-state performer as a junior and senior ... In addition to his prep play, Bircher helped his American Legion squad to back-to-back Nebraska "B" state championships in 2007 and 2008 ... Graduated from Roncalli Catholic with honors (3.5 GPA).

Personal
The son of Todd and Katie Bircher, Joe was born March 27, 1990 ... Has one older sister, Lindsey ... A psychology major, Bircher earned his degree in 2012.


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