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Dufek Goes In 9th Round To Houston In MLB Draft
Release: 06/07/2011
Jonas Dufek

OMAHA, Neb. -- After leading the Missouri Valley Conference in wins, ERA and strikeouts during the recently completed season, Creighton University pitcher Jonas Dufek was selected in the ninth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Houston Astros organization.

Dufek becomes Creighton's 13th selection in the MLB draft in the eight years with Ed Servais as head coach. The draft, which started on Monday, will continue through the 30th round today before wrapping up with 20 rounds on Wednesday.

Named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball last Thursday, Dufek ended his senior season leading the Missouri Valley Conference in wins (12), strikeouts (128) and ERA (2.08), as well as opposing batting average (.198) and innings pitched (112.2). He currently ranks tied for fifth nationally in both wins and strikeouts, and was named to the all-Corvallis Regional All-Tournament Team after throwing a complete game five-hitter to beat Georgia in Creighton's first NCAA Tournament game last Friday.

Dufek was also named MVP of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on May 28th after going 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA and leading Creighton to its second-ever tournament crown.

Dufek becomes Creighton's highest pick since Zach Daeges went in the sixth round (No. 193 overall) to Boston in the 2006 draft.

Creighton finished the season 45-16 and became the first team in program history to sweep the MVC regular-season and Tournament titles in the same season.

Draft Picks Under Ed Servais
Year
Name
Position
Round
Pick
Team
2011 Jonas Dufek RHP 9 280 Houston
2010 Carson Vitale C 38 1156 Texas
2010 Elliot Soto SS 15 460 Chicago (NL)
2009
Darin Ruf
1B
20
617
Philadelphia
2008
Pat Venditte
RHP/LHP
20
620
New York (AL)
2007
Marc Lewis
LHP
20
616
Florida
2007
Chris Gradoville
C
24
740
Texas
2007
Pat Venditte
RHP/LHP
45
1345
New York (AL)
2006
Zach Daeges
OF/3B
6
193
Boston
2006
Marc Lewis
LHP
26
782
Milwaukee
2006
Adam Schaecher
RHP
31
928
Texas
2006
Chase Odenreider
OF
49
1472
New York (AL)
2005
Eric Wordekemper
RHP
46
1391
New York (AL)

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