Cubs take Dorris in 17th round of MLB Draft

    Nathan Dorris led the team with seven wins. His big breaking ball helped him on his way to 80 strikeouts in 82.0 innings of work.

    Nathan Dorris led the team with seven wins. His big breaking ball helped him on his way to 80 strikeouts in 82.0 innings of work.
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    June 6, 2012

    By Scott Gierman
    SIUSalukis.com 

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - SIU junior pitcher Nathan Dorris has been drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Dorris was the 524th player selected and became the second Saluki baseball player taken in this year's draft.

    "It's really exciting, especially growing up a Cubs fan," Dorris said. "To have a chance to be with your childhood team is a special honor. It's a great feeling, getting closer to that next step I've been working towards."

    A native of Marion, Ill., Dorris posted a 7-4 record and a 4.17 ERA in 14 starts and two relief appearances for the Salukis this spring. The 6-foot, 3-inch southpaw won each of his first four starts and pitched well down the stretch. In his last six regular season starts, Dorris posted a 1.83 ERA. He ranked in the top 10 in the Missouri Valley Conference with seven wins and 80 strikeouts.

    "We are happy for Nathan," SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. "He won some big games for us this year, and we are fortunate that he chose to be a Saluki. Should he decide to forego his senior year and sign with the Cubs, we wish him the best of luck."

    The 2012 season was Dorris' first with the Salukis after two years with nearby Rend Lake College. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves following his senior season at Marion High School.

    The deadline for drafted players to sign is July 13 at 4 p.m. Central Time.


     

     

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