June 8, 2007
Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's junior right-hander Sean Gleason (La Junta, CO) was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 20th round with the 609th pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. The selection marks the second consecutive year that the pitcher has been drafted.
The move proved to pay off for the power pitcher. Gleason improved his draft status by five rounds (154 picks). The right-hander was taken in the 25ht round by the Red Sox in the 2006 draft. Under the direction of head coach Jedd Soto, Gleason is the third hurler in two years to be taken in the amateur draft.
Gleason made 15 appearances and 14 starts in his first season as a Gael. The right-hander posted a 4.77 ERA and a 4-8 record. The La Junta, CO. native tossed two complete games and recorded a team-leading 94.1 innings with 73 punch outs to only 28 walks.
Gleason earned his first Saint Mary's win in a 13 K eight inning performance against Utah Valley St. on Feb. 16. Arguably his best performance came against the reigning national champs when he pitched six innings and allowed just one run in a victory over No. 9-ranked Oregon St. Gleason struck out 11 and pitched 8.2 innings of shutout ball against Southern Utah on March 16.
The 6-0 righty allowed two or less earned runs in six outings and posted a 4-0 record and a 0.30 ERA with just one earned run allowed and 35 Ks in 29.2 innings pitched in four straight starts. Gleason struck out five or more six times.