In 2009, Sever led the Billikens in wins (six), ERA (3.60) and strikeouts (70). He also made a career-high eight appearances out of the bullpen and picked up a pair of saves. Sever held opponents to a .255 batting average and surrendered just 19 extra-base hits this season. Against Richmond, he tossed a complete-game shutout to draw Atlantic 10 Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades.
Sever was drafted in the second-best position in school history, behind Josh Duncan's ninth-round selection by Seattle in 1982. Overall, Sever is the fifth Billiken to be drafted this decade and the first ever selected by Toronto. Ryan Bird, SLU's all-time career strikeouts leader, was signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent in 2007.
OUTMAN PICKED IN 28TH ROUND
The Toronto Blue Jays selected Saint Louis right-handed pitcher Zach Outman in the 28th round (850th overall) of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Combined with the selection of Sever by Toronto earlier, the Billikens have at least two picks in the MLB Draft for the second year in a row. Sever and Casey Moore were taken in last year's MLB Draft, marking the first time in school history two Billikens were chosen in the same draft.
Outman, whose brother Josh is a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, joined the Billikens after a season at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park. Outman has started 21 games in his SLU career, posting five victories and a 5.77 ERA. He tied for ninth in the Atlantic 10 Conference this season with 64 strikeouts, bringing his two-year SLU total to 109.
In his final start this season, Outman twirled a complete-game shutout against Southern Illinois, scattering six hits and fanning eight Salukis. For his effort, he garnered Atlantic 10 Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades May 18. Other quality outings included a scoreless 1-1/3 innings of relief to earn a save in a key win at league foe George Washington, and a six-inning effort against Northern Illinois in which he struck out a career-high nine batters.
Outman is the sixth Billiken to be drafted this decade and, along with Sever, is part of a recent trend of Billiken pitchers catching the eye of Toronto scouts. Ryan Bird, SLU's all-time career strikeouts leader, was signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent in 2007.