Atwood Selected By the Padres in 30th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft
Saturday, June 07, 2014 | by Matt Moretti III (@Moretts13)

FORT MYERS, Fla. —  Redshirt-Junior, left-handed reliever Ryan Atwood (Austin, Texas/Westwood HS/Navarro College) has become the third player from the FGCU baseball program to be selected in the 2014 MLB Draft and the second on Saturday afternoon, as he was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the 30th round with the 897th pick.

Atwood posted a 3.38 ERA in six appearances during his first season in an Eagles uniform this spring and collected eight strikeouts against just five walks in 5.1 innings on the hill. He gave up four hits, two earned runs and was also part of one combined shutout for the Green and Blue.

Junior outfielder Michael Suchy (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast HS) became the first FGCU baseball player off the board in the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday, as he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round with the 161st pick.

Suchy was the 20th player in the program’s 12-year history to be drafted and the second-highest selection behind 2010 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year Chris Sale who was picked with the 13th overall selection by the Chicago White Sox in 2010. He became the seventh FGCU player to be selected in the top 10 rounds.

FGCU signee Dash Winningham was selected by the Mets in the eighth round with the 235th pick. Winningham is a first-baseman/pitcher from Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Fla.

Junior third-baseman/pitcher Zack Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) became the second player from FGCU baseball program to be chosen but had to wait until Saturday afternoon and was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 13th  round with the 380th pick.  

The Eagles finished the season with a 39-22 record and their 19-8 mark in the A-Sun earned the program a fourth A-Sun Regular Season Championship. Fans can get updates and information on FGCU baseball by visiting or by following the team on twitter @FGCU_Baseball.


All-Time FGCU Draft Results

Year Player Round Pick Team Position Active
2006 Justin Stiver 17 519 Houston Astros RHP N
  Jason Louwsma 29 864 Cincinnati Reds 3B N
2007 Luis Pardo 9 291 Houston Astros RHP Y
  Jason Kiley 25 784 New York Yankees RHP N
2008 Richard Bleier 6 183 Texas Rangers LHP Y
  Casey Coleman 15 461 Chicago Cubs RHP Y
  Jason Peacock 26 778 Florida Marlins 1B N
2010 Chris Sale 1 13 Chicago White Sox LHP Y
2011 Granden Goetzman 2 75 Tampa Bay Rays OF Y
  Jacob Barnes 14 431 Milwaukee Brewers RHP Y
  Jack Wagoner 33 998 Cleveland Indians RHP Y
  Stephen Wickens 33 1018 Minnesota Twins SS Y
  Zach Maxfield* N/A N/A Detroit Tigers 1B N
  Tim Roberson* N/A N/A Boston Red Sox C Y
2012 Jason Forjet 31 958 San Francisco Giants RHP N
2013 Harrison Cooney 6 187 Los Angeles Angels RHP Y
  Brandon Bednar 7 222 San Francisco Giants 2B/SS Y
  Ricky Knapp 8 236 New York Mets RHP Y
  Sean Dwyer 11 319 Colorado Rockies OF/1B Y
  Brandon Bixler 16 470 Minnesota Twins LHP Y
  Mike Reeves 21 625 Toronto Blue Jays C Y
  Kyle Buchanan 40 1214 New York Yankees OF N
 2014 Michael Suchy  5 161  Pittsburgh Pirates  OF 
  Dash Winningham$ 235  New York Mets  1B/LHP 
  Zack Tillery 13 380 Minnesota Twins 3B/RHP Y
  Ryan Atwood  30  897  San Diego Padres  LHP 
  Devin Smeltzer$  33  987  San Diego Padres  LHP 
  $ Signed NLI to attend FGCU  
  committed but did not attend FGCU  
  *Signed as Undrafted Free Agent