Kansas Senior Selik Selected by Washington Nationals

June 8, 2010


Kansas senior right-handed pitcher Cameron Selik has been selected by the Washington Nationals in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft with the 656th overall pick.

Selik becomes the fourth Jayhawk selected in this year’s draft, and the second pitcher taken from KU. Earlier Tuesday, Tony Thompson was taken by the Oakland A’s (sixth round), Robby Price was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays (13th round) and Brett Bochy was drafted by the San Francisco Giants (20th round).

Selik, a senior right-handed pitcher from San Diego, Calif., went 6-4 in 15 starts for the Jayhawks this season with a 5.06 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 90 2/3 innings. Selik earned wins in his first four starts of the season, becoming the first Jayhawk pitcher to accomplish this since Pete Smart opened the 2000 with six-straight wins. He tossed one of two complete games by a Kansas pitcher this year, and held his opponents to a .277 batting average in 2010.

The senior’s dominance on the mound actually started at the end of the 2009 season, when he pitched the Jayhawks to an NCAA Tournament victory over No. 15 Coastal Carolina, allowing one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. In his career at Kansas, Selik was 8-6 with a 4.91 ERA in 143 innings. Opponents batted .276 against the righty.

Prior to the 2009 season, Selik pitched for Grossmont College (Calif.), going 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 10 games in 2007.

The MLB draft continues Tuesday, and will wrap up Wednesday.