@LATechBSB's Phil Maton Selected in MLB Draft
June 10, 2015
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech senior right-hander Phil Maton officially capped off his final season for the Bulldogs Wednesday when he was selected in the 20th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres.
Maton was selected in the 20th round by the Padres as the 597th overall pick and became the first Bulldog drafted in the Greg Goff era at Louisiana Tech and the first selection for the Bulldogs since the 2013 season.
"I want to thank all my teammates and coaches at Louisiana Tech for everything they have done over the last four years to make me a better player," Maton said. "I am extremely excited to get an opportunity to play at the next level and I am going to make the most of it."
Maton ended his decorated four-year career at LA Tech this past season as the program leader in career innings pitched (358.2 IP), while the right-hander wrapped up his time as a Bulldog ranked second in history with 324 career strikeouts, just 12 shy of tying the all-time record of 336 set by Eddie Holman in 1974. Maton ended his four years tied for ninth in program history for career wins (21) and eighth for most appearances (67) by a pitcher.
"I am extremely proud of Phil and what he has accomplished in his four years at LA Tech," Goff said of Maton's selection. "I am thankful I had the opportunity to coach someone so driven and he is very deserving of this. Our No. 1 goal at Louisiana Tech will always be to give our players the opportunity to further their careers and I am happy that Phil is getting that chance."
In 2015, the Chatham, Illinois, native led all Conference USA pitchers with 90 strikeouts on the season, 60 of which came in league play, while Maton only issued 19 walks over the course of the campaign. A former Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, Maton was named second team all-conference by C-USA and CollegeSportsMadness.com following his senior season.
With Maton being picked in the 2015 draft, head coach Greg Goff has now coached over 40 student-athletes that have been selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft over the course of his 12-year coaching career. The right-hander was one of 36 Conference USA players picked in this year's draft.
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