June 7, 2012

Tim Peterson Currently at University of Kentucky

Mets Select Former WNC Pitcher in MLB Draft

Tim Peterson
Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson, Western Nevada College's co-pitcher of the year in 2011, was selected by the New York Mets in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

Peterson won 12 games in a Wildcats' uniform while playing for coach D.J. Whittemore from 2010-11. This past season, he pitched on scholarship for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, who enjoyed the school's best season ever.

The 6-foot-2 right-hander from Puyallup, Wash., performed in 28 games, the second-most appearances among Kentucky pitchers. He posted a 3-0 record and 2.42 earned run average in 26 innings. Peterson showed outstanding command of his pitches, walking only four hitters while fanning 28.

"His pitching was fantastic all season for top-20 ranked Kentucky in the SEC," WNC Coach DJ Whittemore said.

In 2011 for WNC, Peterson was 8-1 with a 3.45 ERA, and 63 strikeouts in 60 innings. Peterson was a first-team choice for Region 18 and shared Western Nevada's pitcher of the year honors with Anthony Consiglio.

"He is one of the best we've ever had ... a program guy ... a great leader," Whittemore said.

In his first season at WNC, Peterson won four of six decisions while recording a 2.51 ERA and striking out 39 batters in 43 innings.

Peterson's numbers also improved in the classroom, pleasing Whittemore.

"(He was a) fabulous WNC success story," Whittemore said. "He lost his scholarship his freshman year because of grades, earned it back and graduated on time with over a 3.0."

Kentucky recently completed its most successful campaign in the 107-year history of the program with a 43-17 record and a trip to the regional finals. The Kentucky club roster also includes former WNC pitcher Chris Garrison, who was drafted by the Cubs in 2011.

The three-day draft concluded Wednesday after completing 40 rounds, 10 rounds fewer than in previous years. The draft was shortened under MLB's new collective bargaining agreement. Consequently, WNC didn't approach last year's school record of seven selections, including players who went on to play at four-year schools.

On Tuesday, Wildcats pitcher Dylan Baker became the highest draft pick ever out of Western Nevada when the Cleveland Indians took the 6-foot-3 right-hander in the fifth round. Baker was the Wildcats' fifth player all-time to be taken in the top 10 rounds, and it was the third straight year that WNC had a player chosen by the end of the 10th round.

Press Release: June 8, 2012

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