Pair Of Milwaukee Pitchers Selected In 2012 MLB Draft
Jordan Guth became the highest draft choice in UWM program history Tuesday.

Jordan Guth became the highest draft choice in UWM program history Tuesday.

June 5, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Juniors Jordan Guth and Eric Semmelhack of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team have both been selected today in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

Guth was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth round with the 308th pick on day two of the First-Year Player Draft. Later in the day, Semmelhack was tabbed by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 12th round with the 395th overall selection.

"We knew there was a good chance that this would happen, but once it finally did, I was really happy for them and their families," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "I know how hard they work and it's every baseball players dream. If you've put a glove on, you've thought about it and they have been able to fulfill that dream and now get to go play professionally. It is really an honor and we could not be more excited for them."

The duo marks the first time that the Milwaukee baseball program has had two players drafted in the same season. In addition, the ninth-round choice of Guth is the highest a UWM player has ever gone, with Semmelhack tying the previous high by going in the 12th round (Craig Scheffler, 1993).

"It's a shot in the arm for both of those guys," Doffek said. "They are both quality student-athletes that deserve it. Neither one was drafted out of high school but both came into the program and worked hard and did a great job to get to this point. A lot of the credit needs to go to (UWM pitching coach) Cory Bigler and the job he has done of developing those guys."

Guth moved to the bullpen this past season after being in the starting rotation the majority of his first two campaigns. He posted a 3.27 earned run average and finished fourth in the league with six saves and seventh with 28 appearances. In his three seasons at UWM, Guth appeared in 54 games, striking out 87 batters in 118.2 innings of work.

 

 

Semmelhack has been a weekend starter for the Panthers each of the past two seasons, posting a 3.77 ERA and five victories in 2012. He led the Horizon League in strikeouts as a junior and also finished in the top 10 in ERA (sixth), opponent batting average (fifth), innings (seventh), victories (eighth) and games started (fourth) in addition to earning league pitcher of the week honors in May. In his three complete seasons, Semmelhack recorded eight victories, a 3.94 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 194.0 innings of work.

The pair of hurlers are the 17th and 18th different UWM players to be drafted. It also marks the first time since 2001-02 that the Panthers have had players drafted in back-to-back years (Chad Pierce, 2011 by the Brewers).

"It's a great indication of the direction the program is heading," Doffek said. "Everyone associated with the program is proud of them. Cory has done a great job working with them and helping them grow and reach their potential. And they are not done - they have another step to take and I am confident that they are going to do it. It's an honor for our program and the Horizon League."

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