Virginia's Jeff Kamrath Drafted In The 11th Round By The Tampa Bay Devil Rays
June 7, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - University of Virginia baseball player Jeff Kamrath (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid) was drafted in the 11th round as the 328th pick overall by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2005 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft. Kamrath, a fifth-year right-handed pitcher, is the third UVa player selected in the 2005 MLB Draft. He joins teammates Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Avery on the first day of the draft after Zimmerman was picked as the fourth overall selection in the first round by the Washington Nationals and Avery was chosen as the 280th pick in the 11th round by the Chicago Cubs.
With his selection in the draft, Kamrath became the 61st total selection and the 55th player from Virginia selected in the MLB Draft. UVa has now had multiple players chosen in the MLB Draft for the 15th time in school history. Kamrath selection in this year's 2005 draft marks the second time he has been drafted in his career. In 2004, Kamrath was selected in the 36th round as the 1,067th pick by the Cleveland Indians.
"I'm very thankful that the Tampa Bay Devil Rays drafted me," said Kamrath. "I'm also thankful towards the entire Virginia coaching staff and everyone at UVa. The coaching staff took a chance on kid from a small high school and gave me an opportunity to play college baseball at this level. Tampa Bay is an up and coming organization. I'm excited to be playing for them and to get my professional career started."
Kamrath missed the entire 2004 season after recovering from Tommy John Surgery and came back stronger than ever in 2005 as he enjoyed the most productive collegiate season of his career. In 2005, Kamrath started 14 of the 16 games he appeared in and posted a record of 9-5 with a 2.12 ERA. He pitched a team-high 101.2 innings and struck out a team-high 80 batters while holding opposing hitters to a .215 batting g average. Kamrath was named a 2005 First Team All-ACC choice and served as one of UVa's team captains. An integral part of the Cavaliers' the past five years, Kamrath was a key component of the winningest senior class in UVa baseball history. Virginia's senior class won 141 games over the last four seasons - including 85 victories and back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances the last two years for the first time in school history.
"I am very proud of Jeff Kamrath for what he has accomplished during his career at UVa," said Virginia head baseball coach Brian O'Connor. "It's very rewarding to see him come back from Tommy John Surgery and then get selected in the 11th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. I am confident that Jeff Kamrath will go into the Devil Rays' system and be very successful."
For his career, Kamrath started 36 of the 53 games he appeared in on the mound and posted a record of 20-12 with 205 strikeouts through 263.2 innings pitched. Kamrath's 20 career wins were just one victory shy of tying the school record of 21 career wins. His 205 strikeouts ranks him eighth all-time at UVa and his 263.2 innings pitched is the sixth highest total for a Cavalier pitcher.
In 2002, Kamrath was named a Second Team All-ACC selection and was named a Co-ACC Player of the Week choice.
Here is a complete look at Virginia players selected in the MLB Draft:
Virginia Players in the Major League Baseball Draft
Year Player, Position Round, MLB Organization 1966 Edward Turnbull, LHP 17th (Baltimore Orioles) 1970 Steve Miller, C 3rd (Boston Red Sox) 1971 Mike Cubbage, SS/2B 2nd (Washington Senators) 1972 Bill Hall, 2B 6th (San Diego Padres) 1976 Anthony Zentgraf, 3B 17th (Baltimore Orioles) 1978 Columbus Duncan, 1B 11th (Milwaukee Brewers) 1979 Paul Voigt, RHP 9th (Minnesota Twins) 1980 Rickey Horton, LHP 4th (St. Louis Cardinals) 1982 David Hopkins, RHP 14th (Texas Rangers) 1983 Tony Latham, OF 4th (Boston Red Sox) 1983 Glenn Harris, 1B 21st (St. Louis Cardinals) 1983 George Priftis, 2B 26th (Seattle Mariners) 1985 Tim Burcham, RHP 6th (California Angels) 1986 Bill Narleski, SS 18th (Baltimore Orioles) 1986 Bob Malloy, RHP 19th (Texas Rangers) 1988 Tom Crowley, 2B 38th (Philadelphia Phillies) 1989 Keith Seiler, LHP 18th (New York Yankees) 1989 Chris Kughn, OF 25th (Atlanta Braves) 1990 Doug Johns, LHP 16th (Oakland Athletics) 1990 Keith Seiler, LHP 21st (New York Yankees) 1991 Todd Fiegel, LHP 11th (New York Mets) 1991 Todd Ruyak, LHP 17th (Detroit Tigers) 1992 Frank Lankford, RHP 18th (St. Louis Cardinals) 1992 Todd Ruyak, LHP 31st (Cincinnati Reds) 1992 John Cappelmann, RHP 45th (St. Louis Cardinals) 1992 Kevin Stock, LHP 48th (Seattle Mariners) 1993 Seth Greisinger, RHP 7th (Cleveland Indians) 1993 Frank Lankford, RHP 16th (New York Yankees) 1993 Adam Robinson, SS 30th (Chicago Cubs) 1993 Deron Dowhower, RHP 34th (Minnesota Twins) 1993 Jason Cook, SS 55th (Seattle Mariners) 1994 Brian Buchanan, OF 1st (New York Yankees) 1994 Yates Hall, RHP 4th (St. Louis Cardinals) 1994 Pat Daneker, RHP 40th (Boston Red Sox) 1994 Reid Beucler, RHP 65th (Detroit Tigers) 1995 Casey Crawford, 1B 16th (Atlanta Braves) 1996 Seth Greisinger, RHP 1st (Detroit Tigers) 1996 Jason Sekany, RHP 2nd (Boston Red Sox) 1996 Adam Robinson, SS 52nd (Minnesota Twins) 1997 Greg Withelder, LHP 3rd (Minnesota Twins) 1997 Pat Daneker, RHP 5th (Chicago White Sox) 1997 Adam Robinson, SS 12th (Oakland Athletics) 1997 Geoff Zawatski, RHP 14th (Philadelphia Phillies) 1998 Javier Lopez, LHP 4th (Arizona Diamondbacks) 1999 Julian Gonzalez, OF 36th (Kansas City Royals) 2000 Jon Metzger, LHP 13th (Kansas City Royals) 2000 Tim LaVigne, RHP/SS 32nd (New York Mets) 2000 Kevin Shrout, RHP 43rd (Milwaukee Brewers) 2001 Jon Benick, INF 9th (San Diego Padres) 2001 Hunter Wyant, SS 16th (Florida Marlins) 2002 Robert Word, 1B 10th (Florida Marlins) 2002 Dan Street, INF 20th (Colorado Rockies) 2002 David Stone, OF 36th (San Francisco Giants) 2002 Chris Sweet, OF 37th (San Francisco Giants) 2004 Andrew Dobies, LHP 3rd (Boston Red Sox) 2004 Joe Koshansky, LHP/1B 6th (Colorado Rockies) 2004 Mark Reynolds, SS 16th (Arizona Diamondbacks) 2004 Jeff Kamrath, RHP 36th (Cleveland Indians) 2005 Ryan Zimmerman, SS 1st (Washington Nationals) 2005 Matt Avery, RHP 9th (Chicago Cubs) 2005 Jeff Kamrath, RHP 11th (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
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