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Joe Church Selected in the 17th Round by San Diego Padres

Joe Church

June 6, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall relief pitcher Joe Church has been selected by the San Diego Padres in the 17th round (525th overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. 

Church, who was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 40th round of the 2011 draft, represents the first Marshall player to be selected in the 2012 MLB draft. 

Church, a right-hander with a dominating fastball, is the 8th Marshall baseball player to be drafted over the last two seasons and one of 24 players from head coach Jeff Waggoner's squads to receive an opportunity to play professional ball.

Over the last four seasons, Church went 4-2 in 40 relief appearances and amassed 58 strikeouts in 47.0 innings pitched (11.11 SO/9).  The redshirt junior, who received a medical redshirt in 2010, owned a 5.94 earned run average during his career as a Marshall pitcher. 

In 2012, Church was a perfect 2-0 through 20 appearances.  Church struck out 34 hitters over 26.1 innings (11.62 SO/9) and allowed earned runs in only five appearances.   

Church held a 3.76 earned run average in 2012. 

Church went undrafted out of high school.