September 19, 2014
RENO - Wolf Pack first baseman Austin Byler informed KOLO-TV that he will return to Nevada for his senior season.
Byler was in negotiations with the Washington Nationals, but failed to reach an agreement by the 2pm deadline on Friday.
He was selected by the Nationals in the 9th round of the baseball draft this year; the 274th overall pick. That slot is given a salary bonus value of $143,500 by Baseball America, but Byler was looking for at least $350,000 to $400,000 dollars to sign.
“We are delighted to have Austin Byler return to our program for his senior season," said head coach Jay Johnson in a release. "His impact, on and off the field, is immeasurable. For us, this is like Peyton Manning returning to Tennessee for his senior year."
Byler was named to the All-Conference first team as a junior, batting .326 with14 doubles, five triples, 14 home runs and 47 RBI. He also led the Mountain West Conference in home runs, triples and total bases, and was ranked third in RBI.