HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University senior Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was selected in the 17th round with the 507th pick of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants. It was the second time that Gloor was drafted after he was taken in the 39th round of last year's draft by the Detroit Tigers. Gloor was one of four players from the Northeast Conference taken in this year's draft.
Gloor becomes the sixth Quinnipiac player to be taken in the last five years in the MLB Draft, joining Brian Sabbatella and Ari Kafka by the Seattle Mariners in 2005, Pat Egan in 2006 and 2007 by the Baltimore Orioles, Randy Gress in 2007 by the Atlanta Braves and John Delaney by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008. Tim Binkoski also signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007. Steven "Turk" Wendell was the highest draft pick in Quinnipiac history when he was selected in the fifth round of the 1988 draft by the Atlanta Braves.
"I'm very excited to be chosen by the San Francisco Giants," Gloor said. "I was listening on the radio and waiting and when I heard my name, it finally hit me. I knew there were teams that were interested in me, and right before San Francisco's pick, my advisor mentioned that the Giants may take me soon. I'm excited to get started as soon as I'm assigned to one of their affiliates."
The Giants chose Gloor after the southpaw enjoyed a career-year that saw him break the Bobcats Division I records for single-season (81) and career (238) strikeouts. The big lefty won a career-best seven games in 2009, including five wins against NEC competition.
"We are very proud and extremely happy for Chris Gloor being selected in the 17th round by the San Francisco Giants," Head Coach Dan Gooley said. "Chris is a tremendous credit to our baseball program and Quinnipiac University."
This season, Gloor posted a 7-4 record with a 4.63 earned-run average after allowing 42 earned runs over 81 2/3 innings pitched. His 13 strikeouts against Holy Cross on March 21 were a career-high, which he followed with a 10-strikeout outing against Binghamton on March 27. His 11 strikeouts against Mount St. Mary's were Gloor's most against a Northeast Conference opponent, and made him the first Quinnipiac pitcher in the university's 11-year Division I history to strike-out 10 batters in three consecutive games.
Against the NEC this season, Gloor was 5-1 with a 3.93 ERA while striking out 43 batters over 50 1/3 innings pitched. After a no-decision against Mount St. Mary's, Gloor won his next four starts against NEC opponents. He closed out his career with a win against Long Island on May 14. Gloor was also named the Akadema/Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week on March 27 after he spun a complete-game shutout against Fairleigh Dickinson on March 24. Gloor held the Knights to five hits in that game, while striking out nine.
Gloor was named the Eli's Restaurant Group/Quinnipiac Male Athlete of the Month for April after posting a 3-0 record with a 2.27 ERA in four starts in the month.
Gloor joins three former Quinnipiac baseball players currently playing minor league baseball in Delaney, Gress and Egan. Egan was recently called up to the Bowie (Md.) Baysox, the Class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Egan is currently 1-0 with a 2.08 earned-run-average in three games played, including two starts. Delaney is playing for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers while Gress is playing for the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans, the Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.