Rider’s Mulderig Drafted by Pirates
LAWRENCEVILLE—Rider University junior Jerry Mulderig was drafted in the 28th round by Pittsburgh in Major League Baseball’s 2013 First Year Player Draft.
Mulderig (Langhorne, PA/Council Rock South) was a First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and a First Team All-New Jersey selection this year as a designated hitter, but was drafted as a pitcher.
“We are very excited for Jerry,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “It is an honor to be drafted by a major league team regardless of what happens going forward.”
Mulderig is the third Bronc in the last three years to be drafted, fourth in the last five years and fifth in the last eight years under Davis.
“He has come a long way as a player since his freshman year and I think his best days are ahead of him,” Davis said. “The Pirates seem to agree.”
It is the highest draft pick from Rider since Scot Knazek was selected in the 15th round by the Angels in 2006.
If Mulderig signs he will be the 46th Bronc in the last 43 years to play professional baseball and the 21st college player under Davis.
“We will see what happens from here, but it is a positive for all of us involved at this point,” Davis said.
A member of the MAAC All-Academic team as a Behavioral Neuroscience major, Mulderig led Rider in batting (.328, 63 hits in 54 games), on base percentage (.417), slugging percentage (.417) and walks (29), was second in stolen bases (16) and is third on the team in RBI (31).
On the mound Mulderig appeared in 11 games this year, starting four, and owned a 3-2 record with a 4.12 earned run average. Opponents batted .229 against him.
Mulderig struck out 13 batters in 19.2 innings pitched and walked seven.
Mulderig did not pitch as a freshman at Rider and appeared in 10 games in 2012, all in relief, compiling a save and seven strike outs in nine innings pitched.
At Council Rock South High School Mulderig earned First Team All-League honors as a second baseman and Third Team All-League honors as a pitcher his senior year (2010). He was a Second Team All-League pick as a junior second baseman, helping his team win the Division.
Pitchers Nate Epply (29th round Oakland A’s) and Mike Thomas (35th round L.A. Dodgers) were drafted in 2011, and Thomas is currently pitching on the AA level. In 2009 pitcher Jamie Hayes was drafted (Atlanta 48th round).
Six former Broncs have reached the major leagues; James Hoey (Orioles/Twins), Kevin Barry (Braves), Jack Armstrong (Reds, Marlins), Ed Whited (Braves), Jeff Kunkel (Rangers) and Dan Napoleon (Mets).
Kunkel was the third player selected in the first round by the Texas Rangers in 1983 and played eight years in the Major Leagues.