SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- After the third day of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, UC Santa Barbara Baseball tied a school record with 10 players drafted in a single season.
Southpaw Saturday starter Jack Dashwood was the first one to hear his name called on day three, selected in the twelfth round (361st overall) to the Los Angeles Angels while center fielder Tommy Jew followed suit in the thirteenth round, (395th overall) drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Veteran catcher Thomas Rowan was the next Gaucho selected who came off the board in the twentieth round (591st overall) to the Miami Marlins. Shea Barry was picked up during the twenty-second round (676th overall) as the only UCSB reliever drafted on day three, and second baseman Andrew Martinez rounded out the draft for the Gauchos when he got the call during the twenty-fourth round (708th overall) from the Baltimore Orioles.
The 10 Gauchos selected ranked UCSB tied fourth in the nation, despite the eight selection within the first 20 rounds, the second most in the country.
Dashwood was the first off the board for UCSB on day three after a powerful sophomore campaign as the Saturday starter for the Gauchos. The only player named to the Collegiate Baseball All-American Second Team in the conference and a first team All-Big West selection, the San Diego Calif. native posted a 9-2 record with a 2.48 earned run average, good for second among Big West starting pitchers. Dashwood's 93 strikeouts over 90.2 innings pitched also ranked second in the conference. The 6-foot-6 southpaw recorded his first career complete game on April 19 against UC Davis when Dashwood used just 90 pitches to lead UCSB to a 7-0 win while allowing just three hits and striking out five. With a team-high six starts that extended 7 innings or longer, Dashwood registered a career-high 10 strikeouts on two occasions.
The third of three UCSB outfielders picked in the draft, Jew was selected following a sensational career in the Gaucho gold and blue. Jew, a first team All-Big West Conference selection for the second consecutive year, ends his career at UCSB having started 164 straight games for the Gauchos. A leader on and off the field, the San Ramon, Calif. native owns a .297 career batting average and has blasted 20 home runs, 11 of which came during his 2019 campaign. The junior led the conference with 20 stolen bases during the Gauchos' historic season and his 49 runs scored placed him third in the Big West. Jew published a career .996 fielding percentage and hasn't committed an error since 2017. The center fielder recorded 18 multi-hit displays with a team-high six three-hit games.
Next off the board was Rowan who started every game for the Gauchos this season. The senior earned his first career All-Big West First Team honors after his career year in which he reached career-highs with a .327 batting average, 46 RBI, 43 runs, and a team-leading 13 home runs. Primarily inserted into the lineup as a designated hitter, Rowan also went an undefeated 12-0 in games in which he started at at catcher. With an adjustment to his approach, Rowan placed himself at fourth in the conference in home runs, RBI, and total bases. Against conference opponents, Rowan batted .362 with the third most home runs and ranked second with 25 runs batted in. Rowan added 25 multi-hit performances this season and a team-high three multi-home run games.
Barry was chosen next as he comes off a strong junior crusade in which he evolved to one of the top relief pitchers out of the Gaucho bullpen. A native of Simi Valley, Calif., Barry produced the second highest strikeouts per nine innings ratio of a Gaucho with 10.94 strikeouts for every nine innings pitched. During games in May, Barry posted a 2.08 over 8.2 innings pitched while striking out eight batters. Against conference opponents, Barry catalogued 12.54 strikeouts per nine innings with 13 punch outs over 9.1 innings of work. As a freshman, Barry's five saves tallied a career-high and placed him at seventh in the Big West.
The final Gaucho off the board was Andrew Martinez who was also selected during the 33rd round by the Miami Marlins in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft just a season ago. Martinez led UCSB during his redshirt-freshman season with seven home runs, but his heightened vision at the plate facilitated improvement over the offseason. Selected as an All-Big West First Team member following a commanding sophomore campaign, the San Francisco, Calif. native boasted a career-best eight home runs while his 47 RBI led the Gauchos and placed him third in the conference. Martinez also drew 34 walks, good for second in the Big West. The second baseman contributed 14 multi-hit games and added three hits or more on four separate occasions.
UCSB's 2019 Major League Baseball Draftees on Day 3
|Name||Position||Round||Overall Selection||Team||Key Stats|
|Jack Dashwood||RHP||12||361||Los Angeles Angels||9-2, 90.2 IP, 2.48 ERA, 93 K, in 2019|
|Tommy Jew||LHP||13||395||St. Louis Cardinals||Career: .297 AVG, 20 HR, 111 RBI, 41 SB, 164 Straight Starts|
|Thomas Rowan||C||20||591||Miami Marlins||.327 AVG, 13 HR, 43 R, 46 RBI in 2019|
|Shea Barry||OF||22||676||Houston Astros||
Career: 5.27 ERA, 80.1 IP, 72 K, 8.07 K/9
|Andrew Martinez||OF||24||708||Baltimore Orioles||.285 AVG, 8 HR, 47 RBI, 47 R in 2019