Courtesy: OSU Media Services
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State pitchers Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz will forego signing professional contracts and are slated to return to school for the 2014 season.
Wetzler was selected in the fifth round by Philadelphia and Schultz was taken in the 17th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft in June by Miami. The deadline for non-seniors to sign with their respective MLB clubs was Friday at 2 p.m. PT.
Wetzler will take a 24-6 career record into next season. His win totals have gone up each season he’s played for the club, posting six in 2011, eight in 2012 and 10 in 2013. His 10-1 record and 2.25 earned run average last season earned him All-Pac-12 First-Team honors.
A native of Clackamas, Ore., his 24 wins are tied for 10th-most in a career at Oregon State, and he needs six to tie Ken Noble (1975-78) for most ever in a Beaver uniform. Wetzler also goes into next season with 208 strikeouts, needing just eight to tie Sam Gaviglio and Matt Boyd for 10th most.
“I couldn’t be happier to return to Oregon State for my senior year,” Wetzler said. “We had a great season and I’m looking forward to taking another crack at getting back to Omaha next year.”
Wetzler is the fifth-highest player selected in the 2013 MLB Draft who did not sign a pro contract.
Schultz, meanwhile, spurned his 17th-round selection after being named an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection in 2013. The right-hander led the Beavers with 10 saves – giving him 13 for his career – while going 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 27 appearances. Opponents batted just .191 against him.
In three seasons with Oregon State, Schultz, a native of Gig Harbor, Wash., is 9-3 with a 2.80 ERA. He’s pitched in 72 games, starting three, and has struck out 94 in 141 1/3 innings while allowing 111 hits and 31 walks.
“I had way too much fun last season,” Schultz said. “We had such a great group of guys. I loved the experience we had. I came to Oregon State my freshman year to win and I feel like we did that (in 2013). I just didn’t feel like it was time to leave. I love playing in front of Beaver Nation. I’m looking forward to doing it one more year.”
Wetzler and Schultz will both be seniors in 2014.
Wetzler’s return marks the highest player ever drafted out of Oregon State to return the following season. He surpasses Matt Boyd, who returned in 2013 after being drafted by the Reds in the 13th round in 2012.
In addition to Wetzler and Schultz, three Oregon State signees have not signed and will be on campus when fall workouts begin in September. They include: Jake Thompson (RHP, 34th round, Chicago Cubs), Chandler Eden (RHP, 36th round, Miami) and Trever Morrison (INF, 38th round, Boston).
Beavers who signed MLB contracts included Matt Boyd (LHP, 6th round, Toronto), Tyler Smith (INF, 8th round, Seattle), Danny Hayes (1B, 13th round, Chicago White Sox), Dan Child (RHP, 18th round, Philadelphia) and Jake Rodriguez (C, 19th round, Houston).