June 7, 2014
WACO, Texas - Baylor senior right-handed pitcher Josh Michalec and senior catcher Brett Doe were selected on the final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
With the two selections, Baylor has had multiple draft picks in 16 of the last 17 MLB Drafts and at least one Bear has been chosen in every draft since 1991. The program has also had at least one player chosen in 38 of the last 39 drafts, dating back to 1976. BU has had 135 total draft selections in program history.
Michalec was the 21st round pick (623rd overall) of the Colorado Rockies after a stellar senior season. The Houston product out of Memorial High School entered 2014 with zero save chances and converted 21 for 22 in his last collegiate campaign to set new single-season save records for Baylor and the Big 12 while ranking in the top 10 in the country. He was perfect in his first 11 save attempts and recorded 10 multi-inning saves as he locked down 21 of Baylor's 26 wins in 2014. He walks away from Baylor ranked third all-time in career saves with just one season as closer.
Michalec worked just 5.1 innings in his first two years with the Bears before becoming a reliable arm out of the bullpen in 2013. In his junior season he went 4-5 with a career-low 2.64 ERA in 22 appearances over 47.2 innings. He gave up 17 runs (14 earned) on 37 hits and 19 walks with 36 strikeouts. In 2014, he went 0-5 but had a 3.15 ERA in 30 appearances over 40 innings during a record-setting season that turned a lot of heads. He allowed 17 runs (14 earned) on 33 hits and 17 walks with 27 strikeouts, and was a first-team All-Big 12 honoree.
For his BU career, Michalec owned a 4-10 record with a 3.29 ERA in 59 appearances over 93 innings while allowing 42 runs (34 earned) on 81 hits and 40 walks with 65 strikeouts.
Doe was the 38th round pick (1,130th overall) of the Minnesota Twins following a solid senior campaign. The Mesquite, Texas, native and Navarro College transfer played his final two collegiate seasons with the Bears and proved to be a well-rounded player that filled in at several different infield positions and catcher.
Due to an injury in 2013, Doe went from utility infielder to the team's everyday catcher and did a good job of handling the pitching staff while using his above-average arm to keep base runners at bay. In 39 games and 29 starts, he hit .181 with eight RBI, seven walks, four runs, two doubles and two steals.
In 2014, Doe began the season as the team's starting catcher but ended up moving to shortstop a few weeks into the season to fill a hole defensively. Not only did Doe admirably take over as one of the team leaders on defense, he also sparked the offense as he hit a career-high .259 with 19 runs, 17 RBI, 17 walks, eight doubles, two steals, one triple and one home run. For his career at BU, Doe hit .228 with 25 RBI, 24 walks, 23 runs, 10 doubles, four steals, one triple and one homer.
BAYLOR'S 2014 MLB DRAFT PICKS
RHP Josh Michalec - 21st Round, 623rd pick by the Colorado Rockies
C Brett Doe - 38th Round, 1,130th pick by the Minnesota Twins