Texas State relief pitcher Tyler Brundridge, undrafted by the major leagues last week, still became the first player from this year’s team to sign a pro contract when he made a deal Thursday with the Seattle Mariners.
“This came as a surprise to me,” Brundridge said. “I received a call from a scout with the Mariners and he told me they wanted to sign me. It has been a dream of mine since I was a kid to play professional baseball and it’s just crazy how it all came true.”
Brundridge pitched in 33 games for the Bobcats and compiled a 3-1 record with a 3.86 ERA this year, striking out 44 in 53.2 innings. Brundridge made 16 relief appearances in his junior season.
As a senior, Brundridge helped Texas State finish the 2009 season with a 41-16 overall record. He also was named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2009.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we would not have had enjoyed the success we had without Tyler Brundridge,” Texas State head coach Ty Harrington said. “He pitched to his abilities and exceeded my expectations heading into the year. He is very deserving to have the opportunity to play professional baseball.”
A native of Fredericksburg, Brundridge came to Texas State from Navarro College. He lettered three seasons at Fredericksburg High School as a pitcher and third baseman. He earned all-district first team and all-state honors as a high school senior.
“I was a starter my entire life until I came to Texas State when they had me pitching in relief,” Brundridge said. “I struggled a little as a junior, but worked on some things that Coach Harrington wanted me to improve on last summer. I was able to correct some things, had a great fall and threw well in the spring.”
Brundridge has reported to the Mariners’ Rookie-level Arizona League team and could pitch as early as Friday.
Of the four Bobcats drafted last week, none have signed. Slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was picked in the eighth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, catcher Ben Theriot went to the Kansas City in the ninth round, pitcher Kane Holbrooks went to the Minnesota Twins in the 21st round and pitcher/infielder Lance Loftin went to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 26th round.