WSU senior business major Jared Tobey drafted by Detroit Tigers

This story originally appeared on the Wayne State University Athletics website. 

Wayne State University senior Jared Tobey (St. Clair, Mich.) was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 30th round (885th pick) on Wednesday afternoon.  He recently graduated from the Mike Ilitch School of Business with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing.

Tobey becomes the sixth Warrior to join an MLB organization since Anthony Bass was drafted in 2008.

"It's pretty incredible, said Tobey.  "I have been chasing this since I was little and to have the opportunity to continue to pursue this dream is awesome.  It is also exciting that I was selected by the team that I have been cheering for since I knew what baseball was.  I am excited to get down there and get to work!"

Tobey was well decorated following his senior season as he earned First Team All-GLIAC honors, was a D2CCA All-Midwest Region Second Team selection and was voted to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team.  He was named to GLIAC All-Tournament Team plus earned a spot on the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team. Tobey received the Anthony Bass Top Pitcher award at the WSU Baseball banquet.  He ranked second in the GLIAC in strikeouts per nine innings, third in ERA, fourth in strikeouts, sixth in wins, eighth in innings pitched and ninth in complete games.  

Tobey won six of his 11 starts and struck out 90 batters in 70 innings of work as the staff ace.  He finished with a 3.47 ERA and opponents hit .220 against Tobey.  The St. Clair native tallied two complete games, including a complete game nine-inning shutout vs. Seton Hill during his second start of the season in March.  Tobey notched five games with at least 10 punch outs, including a career-high 14 Ks in his final regular season start against Grand Valley State as he moved past Bass in career wins and career strikeouts in the record book.  

He finished his collegiate career by striking out 11 batters against Ashland in the GLIAC Tournament over eight and 1/3 innings, while allowing just one base hit (an infield single).

"We are very excited for Jared and his family," said head coach Ryan Kelley.  "This is a proud moment for Wayne State University Baseball.  This has been a tremendous year of hard work for Jared.  Graduating from the Mike Ilitch School of Business followed by a Tigers draft selection will create a year to remember!  It has been enjoyable watching Jared embrace the NCAA student-athlete experience across his four years with our program.  A special thanks to Jared's teammates, WSU baseball assistant coaches, support staff, administration, faculty and alumni who helped Jared reach this point.  I would also like to commend the Tigers organization for their professionalism across the scouting and selection process."

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