Bulldogs’ Ryan Jensen on throwing 100 mph
Fresno State junior right-hander Ryan Jensen was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, the 27th overall selection and the sixth first-round pick under coach Mike Batesole.
The news came minutes before the start of Fresno State’s winner-take-all game against host Stanford in the NCAA regional. Batesole took a moment to give his star pitcher a hug in the dugout.
Jensen is 12-1 this season with a 2.88 ERA with 107 strikeouts in 100 innings.
His last outing was a victory over UC Santa Barbara on Friday in the regional. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up two runs off four hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings to help the No. 3-seeded Bulldogs secure a 9-2 victory
This season, has allowed opposing batters to hit just .217.
Jensen is the second pitcher drafted by the Cubs in the first round since general manager Theo Epstein took over in 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Most had projected that the Cubs would take a hitter in the first round.
Jensen was the 109th-ranked prospect by Baseball America but surely helped himself with the UCSB performance. In a release, Cubs executive Jason McLeod noted that Jensen “closed out his junior season strong. We are excited to get him into a Cubs uniform.”
Jensen is in line to a $2.571 million, the Cubs’ slot at the No. 27 pick according to mlb.com.
Players who have completed their third year of college eligibility, junior college players and high school players are eligible for the draft.
Fresno State said it has had a player drafted for 43 straight years.
Bulldogs’ first-round picks
First-round picks under coach Mike Batesole:
Richie Robnett 2004
Matt Garza 2005
Tanner Scheppers 2009
Aaron Judge 2013
Taylor Ward 2015
Ryan Jensen 2019