NEW YORK – Columbia left hander David Speer was drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft in the 27th Round Saturday by the Cleveland Indians.
Speer becomes the 18th player in program history to be drafted since the inception of the amateur draft in 1965. His selection also marks the third straight season that Columbia has had at least one player drafted. Head coach Brett Boretti has now had six players drafted during his tenure at the helm of Columbia baseball.
During his senior season, Speer (7-2) ranked among the most dominant pitchers, not only in the Ivy League, but nationally. He recorded four complete-game shutouts, while his 10.7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio was the second-best nationally.
His 87 innings this season is the second-highest single-season total in program history, while his seven wins was just one shy of tying the program’s single-season record. His 0.72 walks per nine innings became the new program standard.
During the Ancient Eight slate, Speer posted a 4-0 record in five starts, striking out 32, while allowing just one walk. His 1.06 ERA was the second-lowest in conference-only games. The Westport, Connecticut, native continued to get better throughout the season, putting together two phenomenal outings in the Gehrig Division playoff and the Ivy League Championship Series opener, winning both games for the Lions.
Speer was a two-time first team All-Ivy League selections, posting a career 2.96 ERA, the 10th-lowest ever in program history. Among Speer’s stellar career statistics, he reached the top-10 in the Columbia record books in complete games (11, 10th), games started (35, sixth), innings pitched (231, fifth), strikeouts (198, fifth) and wins (18, third).
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