MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Former Quinnipiac baseball stand-out Pat Egan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) was taken with the ninth pick of the Major League phase of the 2010 MLB Rule 5 Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Egan was one of 19 players and 12 pitchers taken in the MLB portion of the draft, which places him on the Brewers'40-man roster.
"This is a great opportunity," Egan said. "I'll have an opportunity to make the major league roster and that's all you can really ask for, is the opportunity. I'm grateful."
Last season, Egan was 7-2 with a 3.44 earned-run average in 49 games out of the bullpen with Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie while with the Baltimore Orioles organization. In 83.2 innings pitched last season, Egan tallied 42 strikeouts while walking just 16 batters. He also suited up for Scottsdale of the Arizona Fall League where he went 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 10 games. Egan was Milwaukee's only selection of the draft as they did not select a player in the Triple-A or Double-A portion.
Brewers' beat writer Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reported that:
"The Brewers compare Egan to sinker-baller Kameron Loe, who broke through in 2010 to be a key member of the Brewers' bullpen. He has done some starting but the Brewers look at Egan as a reliever.
The main difference is that Egan throws harder than Loe, in the 91-93 mph range, and throws from a lower arm slot, almost a side-armer.
'That gives him some deception,' said special adviser Dick Groch. 'It's a little cross-body. He's a big, strong, physical guy.'
Haudricourt also added that:
"The Brewers like that Egan throws strikes and keeps the ball down, inducing ground balls. And he's also a multiple-inning guy, which prevents using so many relievers each night.
'We've had trouble with walks and home runs, especially at Miller Park,' said Brewers pro scouting coordinator Zack Minasian. 'We have some flexibility in the bullpen. He's going to have to come in and win a job.'
Minasian noted that young relievers Mike McClendon and Brandon Kintzler as well as Justin James, a waiver claim this winter, have minor-league options available. So, if Egan pitches better than any of those pitchers in camp, one could be sent down and Egan kept."
With the selection, Milwaukee will pay the Baltimore Orioles $50,000 in compensation for Egan. Egan must stay on the Brewers' major league roster all season or be offered back to Baltimore for $25,000.
"This is a great chance for Pat," Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley said. "Being selected in the Rule 5 Draft is a step closer to his big-league dreams of playing Major League baseball. We're all very proud and we wish him the best."