Updated: Monday, 11 Jun 2012, 4:08 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 06 Jun 2012, 6:53 PM EDT
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LEO, Ind. - Indiana Tech sophomore and Leo high school graduate Brandon Alger was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Alger becomes the third player drafted out of Indiana Tech. Josh Judy was selected in the 34th round in 2007 by the Cleveland Indians and Jesse Hoover was taken in the 5th round in 2004 by the New York Yankees.
Alger was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Pitcher of the Year in 2012 following a terrific sophomore campaign where he helped lead the Warriors to their first regular season conference championship since 2007.
The 6’3” southpaw started 13 games for the Warriors this season and posted a record 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA. He recorded 80 strikeouts in 91 innings pitched while issuing just 21 walks and opponents hit only .225 against him. His eight wins were tied for the most in the WHAC and allowed the fewest runs in the league while ranking second in strikeouts, third in ERA, and fourth in opponents batting average.
In two seasons with the Warriors, Alger is 13-6 with a 3.01 ERA and is already among Indiana Tech’s all-time leaders in strikeouts with 128.
Alger has signed with the Padres and will forego his final two years of eligibility at at Indiana Tech. Alger is in Arizona at the Padres spring training facility.
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