ARLINGTON, Texas -- UTA All-Sun Belt Conference pitcher Jakob Hernandez has been selected in the 21st round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, going No. 623 overall, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
A native of Parker, Colo., Hernandez is the second UTA standout to be selected in the 2017 MLB Draft, joining senior right-handed pitcher Austin Gardner, who was a ninth-round selection by the New York Yankees. A total of 60 UTA standouts have been drafted in school history, including in nine consecutive years.
A 6-foot-4, 260-pounder, Hernandez had a sparkling NCAA debut in 2017 while serving as UTA's Sunday starter for 13 consecutive weeks. Hernandez went 6-1 with a 3.28 ERA as a junior for the Mavs, tossing one complete game in 79.2 innings, allowing just 72 hits and walking 35, fanning a team-high 89. He ranked eighth in the Sun Belt in ERA, 10th in opponent average, ninth in innings, fourth in strikeouts and seventh in wins.
In his 13 starts, UTA went a staff-best 9-4 and in his nine starts in conference play, Hernandez sported a 5-1 record and a 2.78 ERA in 55 innings, fanning 61. In his five road starts, Hernandez was 5-0, with a 1.53 ERA, holding foes to a .160 average. He was voted second-team All-Sun Belt by the league coaches and earned league pitcher of the week honors after a dominating 2-0 win at Arkansas State.
The MLB Draft will conclude on Wednesday with the final 30 rounds, available live on MLB.com.
Earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors as UTA's series finale weekend starter … Went 6-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 13 weekend starts, tossing one complete game … Hurled 79.2 innings, allowing 72 hits and 35 walks, striking out a team-leading 89 … Ranked eighth in the Sun Belt in ERA, 10th in opponent average, ninth in innings, fourth in strikeouts, eighth in looking strikeouts (22) and seventh in wins … UTA went a team-leading 9-4 in his 13 starts …
… In his nine Sun Belt starts, went 5-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 55 innings, allowing only 46 hits and walking 22, striking out 61 with a .230 opponent average … Was a force on the road, going 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his five road starts, allowing only 19 hits and a .160 opponent average, walking 10 and striking out 44 … Was 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA over his last 11 starts … Made his UTA debut with 4.2 innings in a no-decision vs. SEMO, allowing two runs, walking a season-high seven with six strikeouts … Worked six innings in a no-decision vs. Louisiana Tech, allowing four runs and three walks, striking out five … Worked a complete-game win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, allowing six hits and two runs, walking one and striking out a season-best 10 … Allowed five runs in five innings with seven strikeouts vs. Milwaukee … Worked second quality start of the year with 6.1 innings at Georgia State for his second win, allowing two hits and one unearned run, striking out eight … Worked six innings without allowing an earned run vs. Georgia Southern, walking two and striking out seven … Allowed an earned run in six innings with three walks and three strikeouts vs. Troy … Worked six innings and allowed one earned run at Appalachian State to move to 3-0 … Worked a season-low 4.1 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs, walking two and striking out three … Improved to 4-0 with seven innings at ULM, allowing three runs and striking out nine … Earned his fifth win of the year vs. No. 20 Louisiana, striking out eight in 6.1 innings, allowing three runs … Tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts at Arkansas State to win Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week … Tossed six innings vs. No. 29 Coastal Carolina, allowing four runs with six strikeouts in his lone loss of the year.
Junior College (2015-16)
Played at Seward County … Earned third-team All-America honors … Won the Jayhawk Conference triple crown with a 10-3 record, a 2.33 ERA and 159 strikeouts … Won the national strikeout crown in junior college baseball by 23 punchouts, despite pitching 10 less innings than eight of 10 leaders in the category … His 159 strikeouts were the second-most by any NJCAA pitcher in the last 15 years, topped only by Phil Bickford, a 2015 first-round pick in the MLB Draft … Named Jayhawk Conference Pitcher of the Week four times in 2016 … Averaged nearly 11 strikeouts per nine innings as a freshman in 2015 over a team-leading 18 outings … Didn't allow a run in his final 18.1 innings as a freshman, leading the Saints to the conference western division title.
Played at Chaparrel High School … Earned honorable mention all-league honors as a senior in 2014.
Son of David and Lisa … Has a brother, Lucas (26) and a sister, Gabby (14) … Born on May 19, 1996 in Parker, Colo.
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