Brent Suter, Jeff Reynolds, Andrew Ferreira Chosen in Major League Baseball Draft
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three Harvard University baseball players were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Senior lefty-handed pitcher Brent Suter was the first Crimson player chosen as he went in the 31st round (965 overall) to the Milwaukee Brewers. Five selections later, sophomore left-handed pitcher Andrew Ferreira was picked up by the Minnesota Twins as the second pick of the 32nd round. Senior infielder-utility Jeff Reynolds rounded out the selections as he was chosen by the New York Mets in the 38th round (1,160 overall).
Suter features a cut fastball and his long frame and explosion off the mound combine for a deceptively quick delivery to the plate. He is athletic, fields his position well and had one of the best pickoff moves in the league. A former first team All-Ivy League selection, he led Harvard with 53.2 innings on the mound this year, scattering 52 hits for a career-best .359 batting average against while striking out 45 against just 15 walks. He finished his Harvard career with 11 victories on the mound with 192 strikeouts in 195.1 innings against just 54 walks.
Last summer, Suter pitched for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League and threw the only nine-inning complete game shutout of the entire league season while finishing the summer with 30 strikeouts in 28.1 innings, a 3.96 ERA and a 2-3 record in 10 appearances with five starts.
A draft-eligible sophomore, Ferreira dazzled scouts this season with the promise of what he can be with refined control as he features a low 90's fastball, a "plus" curveball and a devastating changeup. He allowed just 20 hits in 27.1 innings this season (.196 average) and struck out 35 batters although he also walked 28. Left-handed hitters were just 4-for-29 against Ferreira (.138) with one team removing its left-handed leadoff hitter mid-count against Ferreira in a late-inning situation this spring.
Reynolds turned in another typical spring at the plate for the Crimson. He matched his career .333 batting average and led Harvard in games started (42), at bats (162), hits (54), extra base hits (17) and runs batted in (24). Reynolds also hit .355 against righties.
For his career, he hit over .300 all four season while starting 140 games. He amassed 177 hits in those games with 37 doubles, four triples and eight homers while driving in 76 runs.