June 6, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Redshirt sophomore Andrew Rohrbach became the first Long Beach State Dirtbag drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft when the Colorado Rockies drafted him in the ninth round as the 263rd overall pick. Rohrbach is the highest drafted Dirtbag since 2011 when Andrew Gagnon went in the third round to the Milwaukie Brewers.
Rohrbach came to Long Beach State via College of the Canyons with minimal pitching experience. He was a shortstop in high school and underwent Tommy John surgery while he was transitioning to the mound at College of the Canyons.
His one year journey at LBSU took Rohrbach from minimal experience to the Dirtbags Friday night starter and an All-Big West Honorable Mention selection. The righty from Valencia, Calif. posted a 7-2 record on the mound this year with a 2.05 ERA while leading the pitching staff with 69 strikeouts.
He threw two complete game shutouts this year and turned in an 8.1 inning gem in the Dirtbags NCAA-opening win over North Carolina. He pitched a third complete game in a win over Hawaii and tossed nine innings against Indiana in March in a game that the Dirtbags eventually lost in extra innings.
Rohrbach ate up 109.2 innings in his first full season as a starting pitcher to gain the attention of opponents and scouts. He became the first Dirtbag pitcher to throw over 100 innings for the first time since 2008.
Rohrbach was listed as the No. 266 prospect in this year’s draft by Baseball America.
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