OXFORD, Ohio – Years of development paid off for Miami starting pitcher Seth Varner (Batavia, Ohio/Clermont Northeastern). Varner was selected in the 10th round (305th overall) of Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds on Friday evening.
Varner’s senior campaign was a testament to his work ethic. After posting a combined 3-3 record with a 6.22 ERA in only 76.2 innings over his first three seasons, the lefty had an extraordinary senior campaign in 2014. He started 15 games on the mound and went 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA and a school-record 123 strikeouts against only 25 walks in 104.1 innings pitched. He was even stingier against MAC foes, going 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA and 78 strikeouts (12 walks) in 65.2 innings. He pitched at least five innings in all 15 starts, lasting at least six frames in all but one, including each of his last 13 starts. Those totals earned the Batavia, Ohio native conference and national postseason recognition. In addition to being named First-Team All-MAC, he became the first Miami pitcher to win the MAC Pitcher of the Year award. Another honor came shortly thereafter as Varner was named a Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Varner is the first RedHawk to get drafted since Tyler Melling and Adam Weisenburger were selected in the 2011 draft and becomes the 70th Miami player to get drafted all-time. Since the 2000 season, 35 Miami players have been drafted with at least one RedHawk hearing his name called in 13 of the past 15 drafts.