Oliver Selected On First Day Of Major League Baseball Draft
Cowboy southpaw taken by Detroit Tigers in second round
Andrew Oliver was the 58th overall pick of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
June 9, 2009
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Oliver was the lone Cowboy selected on the first day of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which completed its first three rounds Tuesday.
A southpaw from Vermilion, Ohio, Oliver was a second-round pick of the Detroit Tigers. He was the 58th overall pick and the ninth pick of the second round. He is the highest OSU draftee since Matt Mangini went No. 52 overall in 2007.
Oliver, who earlier this month completed his junior season with the Cowboys, compiled an 18-9 record and 4.02 ERA in his first three seasons at OSU. He also racked up 235 strikeouts, which ranks ninth on OSU's all-time list, in 230.2 innings of work.
As a junior, Oliver was 5-6 with a 5.30 ERA and tied for the team lead with 97 strikeouts. That came on the heels of a sophomore season in which he earned first-team All-Big 12 accolades by going 7-2 with a 2.20 ERA.
A 6-foot-3, 212 pounder, Oliver pitched for Team USA during the summer of 2008 and compiled a 2-0 record and 0.93 ERA in four starts while also recording 24 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.