Eight UA Baseball Players Drafted Into the Pros

This year's group of draftees pushes Arizona's total to 47 under head coach Andy Lopez, who took over the program in 2002. Of those, 10 have played in the Major Leagues.
June 9, 2011
Matt Chaffee
Matt Chaffee

Eight Arizona baseball players were selected this week in the 2011 Major Leage Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Five UA players were drafted on June 7, the second day of the draft. They included pitchers Kyle Simon, Bryce Bandilla and Matt Chaffee, along with position players Cole Frenzel and Andy Burns.

On June 8, the draft's the third and final day, Jett Bandy, Steve Selsky and Bryce Ortega were selected.

This year's group of draftees pushes Arizona's total to 47 under head coach Andy Lopez, who took over the program in 2002. Of those, 10 have played in the Major Leagues.

Simon, a 6-foot-5 right-hander, was the first Wildcat chosen. The Los Alamitos, Calif., native was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth round with the 125th overall selection. An All-Pac-10 honoree as a junior, Simon finished his junior season with an 11-3 record and a 2.72 ERA.

Bandilla, a 6-foot-4 left-hander, also was chosen in the fourth round, as he went 147 overall to the San Francisco Giants. A native of Sacramento, Calif., Bandilla finished his junior season with a 5-3 record, a 3.66 ERA and one save in 32 relief appearances.

Frenzel, a draft-eligible sophomore, was picked up by the New York Mets in the seventh round with the 222 overall selection. A 6-foot-1 first baseman, Frenzel was named to the All-Pac-10 team and finished third on the club with a .346 batting average and team-best .461 on base percentage.

Burns, who enrolled at Arizona in August after playing two seasons at Kentucky, was not eligible to play in 2011 due to NCAA transfer rules. Burns was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th round with the 349th overall selection. At Kentucky, Burns was a .279 hitter over two seasons with 18 home runs in exactly 100 games played for the Wildcats in the SEC.

Chaffee, a 6-foot-1 left-hander, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 12th round as the 386th overall pick. A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Chaffee emerged as Arizona's closer in his junior season. He finished with a team-high seven saves to go with a 6-3 record and a 4.85 ERA. He led the team with 36 appearances on the season.

Bandy, a junior catcher, was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 31st Round with the 945th overall selection. A member of the 2010 All-Conference team as a sophomore, Bandy ranks tied for third in program history with 61 doubles and is second all-time with 54 hit-by-pitches. He has 116 runs scored and 121 runs batted in during his career.

Selsky, a junior outfielder, was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the 33rd Round with the 1,015th overall selection. A draft-eligible sophomore, Selsky was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 34th Round of the 2010 draft. He returned to school this year, but missed most of the season with two separate injuries and played in just 18 games. Still, Selsky boasts a .330 career batting average with 18 home runs as a Wildcat.

Ortega, a senior second baseman, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 41st Round as the 1,237th overall pick. Ortega wrapped up a sensational four-year career with the Wildcats, as he hit .326 in 203 games, including 196 starts. An All-Conference selection as a sophomore, Ortega finished No. 8 in school history with 64 stolen bases and did so at a .889 clip, the second best percentage in program history.

All-time, 215 Arizona baseball players have been drafted, including 76 in the last 13 seasons. Of the 215 selections, 56 have been taken in the first five rounds.

Arizona had its season come to a close on June 7 after it dropped the College Station Regional championship game to host Texas A&M, 3-0. The Wildcats finished the year with a 39-21 mark.