26 Th11 2021 | 03:41
RENO, Nev. – Nevada starting pitcher Owen Sharts was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 13th round of the 2021 MLB Draft on Tuesday.
Sharts was the first pick of the 13th round and was selection No. 373 overall in the 612-player draft. He is the first Wolf Pack player to be drafted since the 2019 draft when Nevada had three players selected. In that 2019 draft, former Wolf Pack pitcher Grant Ford was also taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round. Ford remains in the Pirates organization and is currently with the High-A affiliate, the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
In a shortened 2021 season due to injury, Sharts started six games for the Wolf Pack and went 2-1 with a 5.12 ERA. The Simi Valley, Calif. native tossed 31.2 innings and collected 35 strikeouts, including a season-high eight at USC back in March. Additionally, opposing batters were hitting just .208 off of him in his six starts. He was a preseason All-Mountain West selection and was named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week following a six-inning, two-hit outing at UNLV in February.
In his career with the Wolf Pack, Sharts has compiled a 5.55 ERA in his 24 starts on the mound. He has thrown 121.2 innings and registered 107 strikeouts. During the 2020 season Sharts posted a career-high 11-strikeout performance against Hofstra. Opposing batters are hitting under .250 off of Sharts in his collegiate career.
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