Andre Wheeler Drafted in 15th Round by Chicago White Sox|
June 8, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior left-handed pitcher Andre Wheeler (Austin, Texas) was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 15th round (453rd overall) on the third and final day of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft on Saturday afternoon.
It marks the second time Wheeler has been taken in the MLB Draft as he was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2010 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a right fielder while coming out of high school.
Wheeler is the second Red Raider taken in this year's draft following junior right-handed pitcher Trey Masek who was selected in the fifth round by the Chicago Cubs.
Wheeler led Texas Tech with 23 appearances on the season while serving as Tech's top left-handed reliever for the second straight campaign. He went 4-1 and combined on two shutouts with 32.0 innings pitched and 21 strikeouts.
His four wins marked the most by a left-handed Red Raider reliever since 2006 (Colt Hynes - 5).
He tallied 12 scoreless relief outings on the season while opening the year with seven of his first eight appearances resulting in a shutout performance. Wheeler struck out multiple batters on six occasions, and he allowed just four extra-base hits - all doubles - during the first-half of the season. In addition, Wheeler went the entire season without allowing a home run.
Texas Tech has also had four signees selected in the draft with right-handed pitcher Casey Meisner (Cypress Woods HS) drafted in the third round (84th overall) by the New York Mets, right-handed pitcher Thaddius Lowry (Spring HS) taken in the fifth round (153rd overall) by the Chicago White Sox, right-handed pitcher Zach Reininger (Hill College) drafted in the eighth round (246 overall) by the Detroit Tigers and today left-handed pitcher Ty Damron (Krum HS) was drafted in the 13th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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