Borens drafted by Yankees in 11th round


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Junior pitcher Matt Borens looks in for a sign from catcher Jacob Reese against Jacksonville State in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament on May 21, in Jackson, Tenn. Borens was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 11th round.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

The New York Yankees selected Eastern baseball pitcher Matt Borens in the 11th round in the Major League Baseball draft Saturday afternoon.

The junior became the sixth Panther to be taken in the draft in the past six years, as the right-handed pitcher was the 332nd overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Borens is the highest drafted Eastern player since Brett Nommensen, who was taken in the eighth round by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.

The righty finished the 2014 season with a 6-4 record, and his 100 strikeouts finished second best in the Ohio Valley Conference to Tennessee Tech’s David Hess, who went in the fifth round to the Baltimore Orioles.

Borens joined former Major League All-Star Marty Pattin, as the only pitchers in Eastern’s history to strikeout 100 or more batters in a season.

Borens, a native of Monee, made 15 starts this season, holding opposing batters to a .238 batting average, while ending the year with a 3.39 ERA in 109 innings. He had nearly a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio this season, as he allowed 36 walks while striking out a team-high 100.

The 6-foot, 7-inch pitcher has made 31 starts during his three years with the Panthers, compiling an 11-8 record with a 4.00 ERA.

Borens still has one year left of eligibility with Eastern.

Last year, his teammate Joe Greenfield decided to return for his senior year after the Minnesota Twins drafted him in the 36th round.

Aldo Soto can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].