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Mike Bunal, who was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 17th round of the MLB draft, won 13 games in his Binghamton career.
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Bunal selected by Colorado in baseball draft
June 14, 2016Tweet
Binghamton pitching ace Mike Bunal was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 17th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on June 11. He is the fifth Bearcat drafted in the last five years and the 11th in program history (sixth pitcher). He also is third third-highest Binghamton pitcher ever taken in the draft.
The native of Whitesboro, N.Y., was taken with the 500th overall pick in the event.
“Today was a real exciting day that I was lucky enough to share with my family,” Bunal said. “I’d like to thank everybody who has helped make this possible. I’m just relieved the anxiety of waiting has come to an end and I get to watch the rest of the draft as I look for some very close friends to be selected soon.”
He capped his career with a stellar senior season in 2016, earning America East Pitcher of the Year honors. Bunal went 6-0 and with a 2.39 ERA in conference play, leading the Bearcats to their third America East title in four years. He entered the NCAA tournament having allowed just two earned runs in his previous 31 innings (0.58) and then struck out three in 3.2 innings of work against No. 1 Texas A&M, drawing high praise from their head coach. Bunal broke the school record with 87 strikeouts in 89.2 innings of work this spring and also tied a record with his eight wins. He led the America East in wins, innings pitched, complete games and opposing batting average (.214). His five complete games ranked eighth in the entire nation.
“I’m so happy for Mike to get this opportunity and realize his dream of playing professional baseball,” head coach Tim Sinicki said. “Mike has worked extremely hard over the past four years and this opportunity is well deserved.”
He beat SEC member Auburn to start his 2015 season and his 2016 highlights included an eight-inning scoreless gem to beat Albany in sweltering heat at the America East Championship. Also in 2016, he struck out 10 in back-to-back outings and had nine strikeouts in two more games, including a seven-inning one-hitter at UMass Lowell.
Bunal finished his Binghamton career with 13 wins, two saves and 157 strikeouts in 163 innings. He transitioned from a freshman outfielder to a sophomore closer in the pen before spending his final two seasons as a weekend starter.
Binghamton MLB Draft Picks
1990 – Dan Gray, C (Los Angeles Dodgers, 7th Round), Dirk Gorman, OF (Los Angeles Dodgers, 48th Round)
2001 – Jeff Montani, RHP (Baltimore Orioles, 37th Round)
2008 – Jeff Dennis, LHP (Oakland Athletics, 40th Round)
2009 – Murphy Smith, RHP (Oakland Athletics, 13th Round)
2010 – Henry Dunn, OF (Cleveland Indians, 50th Round)
2012 – Mike Augliera, RHP (Boston Red Sox, 5th Round), Lee Sosa, RHP (Oakland Athletics, 26th Round)
2014 – Bill Bereszniewicz, OF (Los Angeles Dodgers, 28th Round)
2015 - Jake Thomas, OF (Toronto Blue Jays, 27th Round)
2016 - Mike Bunal, P (Colorado Rockies, 17th Round)