June 7, 2014
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- University of Michigan junior right-handed pitcher James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and junior left-handed pitcher Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) were selected on the third day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday afternoon (June 7). Michigan has now had at least one player picked in the draft in 16 of the last 17 seasons.
Bourque was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 14th round, while Szkutnik went to the Detroit Tigers in the 20th round. Michigan also had signees Drew Lugbauer (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington), Jayce Vancena (Millbury, Ohio/Lake) and Grant Reuss (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) selected in the draft. Lugbauer was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 21st round, while Vancena was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 26th round. Reuss was picked by Detroit in the 31st round.
Bourque made 25 appearances and a start in his junior season with the Maize and Blue. He went 2-2 with a 4.24 earned-run average and a save and had 33 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched. He earned a win against Central Michigan (April 2), striking out five while allowing just one hit in four innings of relief. He also won the Big Ten Tournament game against Minnesota (May 21), going three innings and allowing just two hits with no run while striking out three Gophers. In his three-year career, the 2014 Academic All-Big Ten selection has nine wins and four saves to go along with 111 strikeouts in 63 appearances.
Szkutnik started 15 games for the Wolverines on the mound, ending 2014 with a 3.38 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 80 innings pitched. He has a season-high six strikeouts in five of those starts and went a career-high 8.2 innings pitched in a home start against Ohio State (May 9). He earned the win at Northwestern (May 3), striking out five in seven innings of work. Szkutnik pitched seven scoreless innings against Iowa (March 30) and allowed just one run in 6.2 innings against Nebraska (April 26). Szkutnik has seven career wins and 162 strikeouts in 195.1 innings pitched for U-M.
Lugbauer, a catcher, was a Perfect Game Third Team All-America selection and an All-Northeast Region first team selection at Arlington High School in LaGrangeville, N.Y. He was the Poughkeepsie Journal High School Player of the Year as a junior after hitting .446 with four home runs and a .723 slugging percentage. He also helped Arlington to the Section 1 Class AA semifinal as a senior.
Vancena, a right-handed pitcher, went 8-1 with a 0.71 ERA for Lake High School in Millbury, Ohio. He helped Lake to a Northern Buckeye Conference title, a 19-game win streak and 27 total wins. Vancena threw two no-hitters in 2014, including a 16-strikeout no-hitter against Elmwood (April 16). He was a Perfect Game 2013 Underclass honorable mention and a 2014 Perfect Game All-Central Region selection.
Reuss, a left-handed pitcher, was a Perfect Game 2014 All-Central Region second team selection and a 2013 Underclass High Honorable Mention at Cranbrook Kingswood High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He is fourth on Prep Baseball Report's ranking of seniors in the State of Michigan and was a 2014 Louisville Slugger Preseason High School All-American. Reuss had 64 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched as a junior.
Michigan Players Selected in 2014 MLB Draft
|James Bourque||RHP||Washington Nationals||14th (424)|
|Trent Szkutnik||LHP||Detroit Tigers||20th (610)|
|Drew Lugbauer*||C||Toronto Blue Jays||21st (624)|
|Jayce Vancena*||RHP||Texas Rangers||26th (786)|
|Grant Reuss*||LHP||Detroit Tigers||31st (940)|
Contact: Kent Reichert