RENO, NV - Grant Ford, a three-year pitcher for Nevada from San Jose, Calif., was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round of the 2019 MLB Draft today. It marks the highest selection by a Wolf Pack baseball player since Braden Shipley went 15th overall in the 2013 draft to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ford was taken with the 154th pick after having a career year with the Pack. Through three years with the Silver & Blue he posted a 6.07 ERA with a 9-8 record and 122 strikeouts in 135 innings pitched.
2019 proved to be Ford’s best season, as he earned Second-Team All-Mountain West honors as well as MW Pitcher of the Week following Nevada’s sweep over San Jose Staté to get it into the MW Tournament.
The San Jose native was one of Nevada’s best pitchers this year, as he tossed 45.2 innings with a career-high 51 strikeouts and 2.74 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .195 average. Ford also earned both wins over No. 2 ranked Oregon State, and finished with a 5-1 record on the season with five saves.
Tomorrow will be the final day of the 2019 MLB draft, with rounds 11-40 kicking off at 9 a.m. PT.