Wetzler taken in the ninth round

OREGON STATE senior lefthander Ben Wetzler was selected in the ninth round, 257th overall, by the Miami Marlins on Friday in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Ben Wetzler put up some truly dazzling numbers in 2014, but major league teams don't believe they'll translate to the same degree at the next level. He finished the 2014 season with a 12-1 record and national-best 0.78 earned run average. Opponents tallied just 49 hits off him in 104 innings for a .143 batting average against, also the nation's best number.

Wetzler is one of five finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, given annually to the nation's top player.

He allowed two earned runs in a game just twice, and shutout opponents over at least seven innings of work six times. He finished with four complete-game efforts, including his last three starts, and tallied three shutouts.

A Lousiville Slugger First-Team All-American this season, he completed his Oregon State career with a school-record 36 victories. He's also thrown the most innings by an OSU pitcher at 369 1/3, and his 291 strikeouts are second-only to Jonah Nickerson's 299. He also finished his career with a 2.51 ERA, putting him in ninth in OSU's record books.

It's the third time Wetzler has been drafted. He returned to Oregon State twice after being taken in the 15th round by Cleveland in 2010 and in the fifth round by Philadelphia last season.

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