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David Speer
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Speer Earns Spot on ABCA All-Northeast Region Second Team

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 06/16/2014
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AMHERST, Mass. – Columbia’s most recent Major League Baseball draft pick, starting pitcher David Speer, was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association Monday, June 16 as an All-Northeast Region second team selection.

Speer was among the nation’s best strikeout-to-walk pitchers, posting a 10.7-to-1 ration, the second-best mark among all Division I pitchers. Over 87 innings and 12 starts, Speer struck out 75 and walked just seven en route to a 7-2 record and a 1.86 ERA.

His seven wins was just one shy of the program record, while his 0.72 walks per nine innings mark set a new program standard.

As the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, Speer was 4-0 in five starts against the Ancient Eight, racking up 32 K’s and just one walk.

The Cleveland Indians 27th-round draft choice, Speer put together a standout career at Columbia. He was a two-time first team All-Ivy League selection, 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).

ABCA All-Region Teams

First Team
C – Kevin Krause – Jr - Stony Brook – N.Y. - *** 3rd Team All – American
1B – Bobby Melley – So. – UConn – Conn.
2B – Michael Foster – So. Northeastern – Mass.
3B – Connor Panas – Jr. – Canisius – N.Y. - *** 3rd Team All - American
SS – John Ziznewski – Sr. – LIU – N.Y. – *** 3rd Team All – American
DH – Joel Rosencrance – Sr. - St. Bonaventure – N.Y.
OF – Chris Shaw – So. – Boston College – Mass.
OF – Tim Swatek – Sr. – Fordham – N.Y.
OF – Blake Davey – Jr. – UConn – Conn.
SP – Sean Newcomb – Jr. – Hartford – Conn. – *** 2nd Team All – American
SP – Craig Schlitter – Sr. – Bryant – R.I. - *** 3rd Team All – American
SP – Rohn Pierce – Jr. Canisius – N.Y.
RP – Joe Kuzia – Jr. – St. John’s – N.Y. 

Second Team
C – Ryan Plourde – Sr. – Fairfield – Conn.
1B – Jimmy Luppens – So. – Canisius – N.Y.
2B – Dan Nevares – Sr. – Binghamton – N.Y.
3B – Rob Knighties – Fr. – St. John’s – N.Y.
SS – Anthony Missicci – So. – Canisius – N.Y.
DH – Buck McCarthy – So. – Bryant – R.I.
OF – Carl Anderson – Jr. – Bryant – R.I.
OF – Bill Bereszniewicz – Sr. – Binghamton – N.Y.
OF – Mike Donadio – Fr. – St. John’s – N.Y.
SP – Kevin McAvoy – Jr. – Bryant – R.I.
SP – Brandon McNitt – Sr. – Stony Brook – N.Y.
SP – David Speer – Sr. – Columbia – N.Y.
RP – Cameron Stone – Fr. – Stony Brook – N.Y.

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