FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU senior Jason Forjet (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Nova HS) will make the next step in his baseball career, as the right-hander was selected in the 31st round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon by the San Francisco Giants with the 958th overall pick.
Forjet is the 13th FGCU player in the 10-year program history under head coach Dave Tollett to be taken in the MLB Draft and the fourth in the last two years. The Eagles are currently represented in the MLB by 2010 first round pick Chris Sale, who boasts a 7-2 record and A.L.-leading 2.30 ERA for the Chicago White Sox, and reliever Casey Coleman (9 app., 2.08 ERA), a 15th round choice in 2008, with the Chicago Cubs.
Used as a reliever his first two seasons in the Green and Blue while making just six starts as a junior, Forjet made huge strides last summer when he earned a spot in the Northwoods League All-Star game with the North Division squad. Playing for the Brainerd Lakes Arena Lunkers, he finished the summer with a 2-1 record and team-low 1.95 ERA over 55.1 innings of work. Forjet ranked fourth in the Northwoods in ERA and tied for seventh in strikeouts (64), while opposing batters hit just .214.
Forjet’s breakout summer carried over to his senior season at FGCU where he went 2-4 with a 3.01 ERA that ranked 10th in the Atlantic Sun Conference, a league that boasts six teams in the RPI top 100. He made a team-best 15 starts on the season, culminating with a complete game victory on the second day of the A-Sun Tournament against Mercer in which he struck out 11 batters over a 112-pitch evening that eventually landed him on the All-Tournament team.
For the season, Forjet led FGCU with 83 strikeouts over 95.2 innings, finishing with double figure punch outs in three starts. Over his team-best 15 starts, he allowed three runs or less 14 times and went six or more innings on 11 occasions.
Forjet finished his career among the program’s top 10 in 13 statistical categories, highlighted by 185 strikeouts and 220.2 innings pitched, both of which are third all-time.