Pirates Draft Borden In Seventh Round

June 7, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV junior pitcher Buddy Borden was selected as the 209th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh round of the three-day 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

Borden is the highest drafted Rebel since Ryan Braun (RHP) was drafted in the sixth round by the Kansas City Royals in 2003.

“I couldn’t be happier for Buddy,” UNLV head coach Tim Chambers said. “He has earned everything he has gotten this year. It really comes full circle because he struggled as a freshman, but worked his tail off as a sophomore and a junior to get to this level. I couldn’t be more proud of him and that he was able to have success on the field and in the classroom. It also puts our program on the map to have him drafted in the top-10 rounds. We want to have players drafted that high and Buddy is just the beginning.” 

Borden finished the year with a team-best 2.59 ERA to go with an 8-2 record in 100.2 innings of work as he held batters to just a .233 average. He was named the Co-Mountain West Pitcher of the Year for his efforts along with Nevada, Reno’s Braden Shipley, who was drafted in the first round.

“It is really cool to hear your name being called in the MLB draft,” Borden said. “Overall it has been a great experience. I spent the day watching the draft with my family and it was awesome to share that moment with them. I was surprised to be taken there, but I am excited. We will now wait and see how everything goes in the negotiations.”

The MLB draft will conclude Saturday with rounds 11-40, starting at 10:00 a.m. PST on MLB.com and live on the MLB Network.