SEATTLE – (June 5) Tarik Skubal was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the ninth round (255th overall pick) of the 2018 MLB Draft. The redshirt junior left-handed pitcher becomes the highest drafted player in Seattle University Redhawk history.
"We're obviously very proud of Tarik and his accomplishments," said Head Coach Donny Harrel of the Kingman, Ariz., native. "Being our first draftee to go in the top 10 rounds is a huge compliment to Tarik and his trust in our program. I have no doubt that he will have a long and lustrous career."
Skubal was selected in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but opted to return to Seattle U for his redshirt junior season. This past spring, he went 8-2 in 16 starts and 19 total appearances. He fanned 106 in 80 innings and held a 4.16 ERA.
Skubal departs Seattle U as the all-time record holder in wins (21), strikeouts (224) and lowest opponent batting average (.221).
Skubal joins 2017 draftee Janson Junk (22nd round, Yankees), 2016 draft picks Brock Carpenter (20th round, Dodgers) and Michael McCann (24th round, Royals), and 2015 draft selections Landon Cray (18th round, Rays), Will Dennis (23rd round, Orioles) and Brian Olson (34th round, Twins) in Redhawks selected since the reinstatement of the Seattle U baseball program in 2010.
The 2018 MLB Draft will conclude on Wednesday as rounds 11-40 are selected.