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Radziewski Taken by Astros in Ninth Round

Crafty southpaw becomes fourth Hurricane off the board.


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami lefthander Bryan Radziewski became the fourth Hurricane selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday afternoon, when the Houston Astros selected him with the first pick in the ninth round.

Radziewski, who earned 2014 second-team All-ACC recognition, finished the spring with an 8-2 record and a 2.86 ERA. The Miami, Fla., native, who struck out 111 batters in 100.2 innings, held opponents to a paltry .228 average in 16 starts.

The southpaw, who was drafted by St. Louis Cardinals after an All-American season in 2013, decided to return to school for his redshirt junior season. After another dominant season on the hill, Radziewski was selected with the 256th overall selection by the Astros.

A 2010 graduate of nearby Florida Christian School, Radziewski moved into seventh place in program history in career strikeouts with 333. The lefthander fanned at least seven batters in 10 of his 16 parts this past spring, including a season-high 10 in his season debut against Maine on Feb. 15.

Radziewski guided Miami to an ACC Regular Season Championship with a title-clinching win in his final regular-season start against North Carolina. He threw a complete-game shutout of Bethune-Cookman in an elimination game to keep Miami alive in the NCAA Coral Gables Regional in his final start of the season.

Radziewski joins Andrew Suarez (second round, Washington Nationals), Chris Diaz (fifth round, Atlanta Braves) and Dale Carey (seventh round, Washington) as Hurricane draftees through the first nine rounds. The 2014 MLB Draft continues this weekend, with rounds 3-10 taking place on Fri., June 6 at 1 p.m. The draft will resume with rounds 11-40 on Sat., June 7 at 1 p.m.