D-Backs draft Bulls' Pardo
One of the most uneventful drafts in recent USF baseball history ended Saturday with senior 1B/LHP Lawrence Pardo the only Bull to go off the board.
Pardo, who made 57 mound appearances the last two seasons, was taken by the Diamondbacks in the 38th round (1,140th player overall) of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
According to USF online archives, it was the first time since 2005 only one Bull was was drafted. USF came two rounds shy of being shut out of the draft for the first time since 1999.
By contrast, incoming Bulls coach Mark Kingston enjoyed one of the most prosperous drafts of his baseball life. Kingston, coach at Illinois State the past five seasons, watched a program-record six ISU players get drafted, including three in the first 12 rounds.
Kingston is expected to be formally introduced as Bulls coach Thursday.
A 6-foot Miami native who transferred from Santa Fe College, Pardo struck out 76 in 78 relief innings at USF, amassing a 3.35 ERA with six wins and five saves. Offensively, he hit .240 in 109 at-bats as a senior, collecting a home run and nine RBI.