WEDNESDAY, JUNE 08, 2011
Matthew Tomshaw selected in final day of the 2011 MLB Draft
Senior pitcher Matthew Tomshaw was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 42nd round (1288th overall pick) of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.
Tomshaw joins junior shortstop Jimmy Howick (21st round, Houston Astros) as a 2011 JU selection and will be a part of a Twins organization that drafted former teammate Jamaal Hawkins (shortstop) last season.
“I’m glad that someone will give Matthew an opportunity at the next level,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “He may not have the flame throwing arm that all scouts look for but he is a very talented pitcher. Matthew is a true competitor and has proven that he can beat the elite teams in the nation.”
Tomshaw, who earned preseason all-conference accolades, proved to be the Dolphins’ ace for the second straight year. He led the squad with 17 starts, a 3.69 ERA, two complete games, 102.1 innings and 76 strikeouts while tallying his first career shutout in a win at FGCU on May 1.
As a junior, he emerged as the stopper for the Dolphins en route to second team all-conference accolades in 2010. He led the squad with an 8-2 record (6-0 in conference play) and three complete games in 92 innings of work. With his three complete games, he became the first Dolphin to tally more than two since Dennis Robinson (7) during the 2004 season.
In the JU career record book, Tomshaw is tied for third in starts (41), fourth in innings pitched (287), fifth in appearances (74) and tied for fifth in strikeouts (200).
In JU program history, Tomshaw becomes the 99th player to be drafted by the professional ranks, including 44th player selected since Alexander took over the program in 1991. Of the 98 players drafted, eight have reached the majors while three are currently continuing their careers at the minor league level.