June 6, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Senior left-hander Paul Coleman became the second Pepperdine player taken in the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when the Los Angeles Dodgers selected him in the 12th round with the 353rd overall pick on Tuesday. Junior catcher Chad Tracy was a third-round pick earlier in the day by the Texas Rangers.
The selections of Coleman and Tracy mark the 15th consecutive year that Pepperdine has had least one player chosen in the annual draft.
The senior left-hander, who was a ninth-round pick by the Detroit Tigers in 2005, concluded his Waves career with 20-13 overall record and 3.92 ERA while making 90 appearances. He concluded his career tied for second in appearances (90), fifth in strikeouts, and 10th in innings pitched (310.0).
Coleman posted an 8-5 record and 2.59 ERA as a senior while making 17 appearances, all as a starter. In a career-high 114.2 innings, the senior left-hander allowed 89 hits, 33 earned runs, walked 37 and struck out a career-high 97 batters.
He capped his final campaign with a solid outing during the second round of the Malibu Regional when he worked 7.2 scoreless innings, scattered seven hits walked one and struck out three in a 6-0 victory over UCLA.
Coleman, who was selected the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Pitcher of the Year in 2005 after going 9-3 with a 3.35 ERA, was named to the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. The award is presented each year to the college player of the year.
The left-hander holds the Pepperdine single-game strikeout record after fanning 16 New Orleans batters during the 2005 Dairy Queen Tournament in Minnesota.