FAYETTEVILLE (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) – Junior right-handed pitcher Colby Suggs was selected by the Miami Marlins in the second round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Drafted on Thursday night.
Suggs, who was the 73rd overall pick, is the second Arkansas player to be selected in the 2013 MLB Draft. Ryne Stanek was picked in the first round with the 29th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays.
A native of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Suggs set the Arkansas single-season record for saves with 13 during the 2013 season. The right hander pitched in 23 games, all out of the bullpen, and had a 1.74 ERA. In 20.2 innings, Suggs allowed four runs on 10 hits, all singles, and struck out 29 batters. He held opponents to a .139 batting average. Suggs recorded 10 saves in Southeastern Conference play, which led all SEC closers. In conference play, Suggs only allowed one run in 12 innings for a 0.75 ERA. After giving up two runs against San Diego State on March 9, Suggs closed the season by having a scoreless outing in 17 of his final 18 appearances.
Suggs has pitched in 65 games in his collegiate career and has a 9-2 record with 13 saves and a 1.36 ERA. Suggs' 13 career saves ranks tied for fifth in school history. In 79.2 innings, Suggs has allowed 15 runs, 12 earned, on 44 hits with 87 strikeouts. Opposing hitters have just a .162 average against Suggs during his collegiate career.
In addition to Stanek and Suggs getting drafted on Thursday, Arkansas signee Teddy Stankiewicz was also picked in the second round by the Boston Red Sox with the 45th overall pick.
The 2013 MLB Draft continues on Friday and Saturday at 12 p.m. Friday will feature rounds 3-10 with rounds 11-40 scheduled for Saturday.