JONESBORO, Ark., (6/7/11) – Arkansas State pitcher Andy Ferguson was drafted with the fifth pick in the 18th round by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday. Ferguson was the 546th overall pick in the draft.
Ferguson was the highest drafted Arkansas State player since third baseman Brad Hayes was drafted by Kansas City in the 12th round of the 2004 draft.
"We are very excited about Andy Ferguson being drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He has worked very hard in his career at ASU," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "It is an honor of which he is very deserving. We look forward to continuing watching his career with Kansas City."
The Benton, Ark. native started in 14 games on the hill for ASU including a complete-game shutout over Louisiana-Lafayette at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Ferguson struck out a league-high 14 batters against Middle Tennessee and struck out 11 against the Ragin' Cajuns at the SBC Tournament in the most dominating performance at the tournament earning All-Tournament honors. Ferguson had two complete game wins for A-State this past season, which was a team high.
"All I can say is, it's a dream come true, it has been a lot of hard work and it has finally paid off," said Ferguson.
Ferguson led the Red Wolves with 80 strikeouts in 2011 posting a team-best 7-4 record with a 3.57 ERA in 88.1 innings pitched and held opponents to a .230 batting average when facing him.
Ferguson struck out 221 batters to a 19-14 record and a career ERA of 4.16 in 58 appearances on the hill for the Red Wolves. Ferguson is on pace to graduate in the fall with a degree in mathematics from ASU.