June 7, 2006
NEW YORK - Gonzaga University senior left-hander Patrick Donovan was one of the last players selected on the final day of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. Donovan was the 50th round selection of the Texas Rangers and will most likely start his professional career in the same stadium in which he ended his collegiate career. The Texas Rangers Class-A short season affiliate is the Spokane Indians who play at the Avista Stadium, the home for Gonzaga baseball over the last three seasons.
Donovan ended his GU career earning honorable mention All-WCC honors after compiled an 8-4 record and 3.22 ERA as a senior. Donovan picked up 20 wins during his four-year Gonzaga career to tie for 9th on the career wins list. He also ranked fifth in career innings pitched at Gonzaga. Donovan's last start in a GU uniform came on May 18 against Lewis-Clark State at Avista Stadium. Donovan worked seven innings allowing one earned run to win his 20th career game. Donovan also played his high school baseball in Spokane at North Central High.
Gonzaga finished the season 29-24 and earned the school's first national ranking since the 1981 season during the third week of the year. Donovan helped the Bulldogs achieve that ranking with a second straight win over nationally ranked Arizona State University.
Two other Bulldogs may also join Donovan in the professional ranks this year. Fifth-year senior Jackson Brennan signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays prior to Tuesday's start of the draft. Junior second baseman Scott Campbell was a 10th round selection of the Toronto Blue Jays. Campbell has one more year of eligibility remaining at Gonzaga.