Padres pick Cesar Carrillo in the first

In the first round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft the San Diego Padres selected right-handed pitcher Cesar Carrillo from the University of Miami.

Amazingly, Cesar Carrillo helped his team win every game he appeared in through his first 33 games, including 14 straight to open 2005.

Carrillo, who is 13-2 with a 2.22 ERA, 120 strikeouts and only 22 walks in 117.2 innings, will lead Miami to an NCAA super regional this weekend against Nebraska.

A 6-foot-2, 165-pound junior right-hander, Carrillo possesses a fastball that can reach 97 miles per hour and supplements that with a curveball and changeup.

"He is a strikeout guy," Mississippi State Coach Ron Polk said after his team got beat by Carrillo this weekend. "He has a lot of weapons. His fastball has life to it, some sink to it. His breaking ball was sharp. This kid is going to make himself some money (in the pros) if he stays healthy."

Miami's Carrillo, with late inning relief help from closer Chris Perez, shut MSU's hitters down for most of the game. Carrillo didn't allow MSU a basehit until the 5th inning when DH Brian LaNinfa hit a one-out double against the left center wall.

"He had great stuff," Miami head coach Jim Morris said. "He has pitched great every time out. It has been amazing to be honest with you. His fastball was his best pitch tonight because he had great run on it. It was in the 90's. He locates his pitches well. He mixed in his breaking stuff and threw some changeup over (the plate). To do what he did against Mississippi State, which is a great club, says even more about what kind of stuff he had tonight."

Several scouts have rated his curveball as the best in this draft.

As of May 1, he was tied for the NCAA lead in wins and was seventh in ERA.

In a recent start against Jacksonville on May 6, Carrillo threw 100 pitches for his second complete game of the season, giving up one earned run and tying a career high with 10 strikeouts in a 4-2 win. The win improved his career record to 23-0 and moved him into fourth place on the NCAA's consecutive decisions won list and he owns the record for consecutive decisions won in Miami annals.

Gene Swindoll, the Publisher of Gene's Page, contributed to this report

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