WMU Baseball Signee Daniel Ayers Drafted by Baltimore Orioles
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan baseball signee Daniel Ayers was drafted in the 25th round, pick 759, by the Baltimore Orioles in this weekend's Major League Baseball draft.
This is the third-straight season Western Michigan has had a player/signee called in the MLB draft, and the Broncos have had eight MLB picks in the last six years. It is the second straight year an incoming recruit under head coach Billy Gernon has heard his name called. Sophomore catcher Brett Sunde was chosen in by the Oakland Athletics in the 35th round last year.
Ayers is a 6-3, 205-pound left-handed pitcher from Columbus North High School in Columbus, Ind. He finished his senior season with a 4-1 record, with one save and a 1.24 ERA on the mound. He logged 88 strikeouts over 45.1 innings pitched and walked 32 batters. He fastball has been consistently clocked in the low 90's.
"Daniel Ayers is a spectacular young man that so happens to be an outstanding left-handed pitcher," said Gernon.
"He was offered a lot of money to sign in the 6th and 7th round by a few teams but turned down those offers. He had let scouts know how much money he needed to sign and he held to his number. When I saw him in April sitting 90-94 mph with a plus breaking ball and posted 14 strikeouts in five innings I quite honestly thought he might not make not to campus.
"The Orioles have been following Danny all spring and will continue to watch him over the next 3-4 weeks. They might elect to meet his financial demands and if they do, we will continue to wish him the best.
"Needless to say, Ayers will impact our program the minute he steps on campus and I am excited to be the next person he calls Coach."
Ayers is one of six recruits that were inked in Western Michigan's recruiting class in November and would be an incoming freshman in the fall.