June 7, 2006
(San Francisco) - Two seniors largely responsible for the most successful season in USF baseball history - RHP Patrick McGuigan and OF Stefan Gartrell were selected during the second day of the 2006 Major League Draft. McGuigan, the 2006 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year was selected by Toronto in the 27th round, while Gartrell, the league's RBI leader and a 2006 All-WCC First Team selection was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 31st round.
McGuigan departs the Hilltop after turning one of the finest careers on the mound in program history, capped by selection to the 2006 Lincoln All-Regional Team. McGuigan owns a share of USF all-time victories (22) and is the Dons career saves leader (18). The Hawaii native recorded a school record 12 victories this season and in his last appearance in a Dons uniform threw 7.0 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief against Manhattan in the Lincoln Regional - the first NCAA appearance in school history for San Francisco.
Gartrell led the WCC in RBI this season with a career-high 62 and hit .338 with 14 doubles, six home runs and scored 45 runs. During league action, the San Francisco native was even more formidable, hitting at a .373 pace with seven doubles, four homers and a team and league-high 26 RBI. After driving in just three runs as a freshman, Gartrell emerged as one of the most feared hitters in the conference departing campus ranked third in career RBI with 131.
"These individuals have meant so much to USF baseball," USF head coach Nino Giarratano said. "They have been such an important success for the program here at the University of San Francisco and have helped elevate the program to levels never before achieved. I am confident both will make a positive impact with their respective clubs."