Former Western Nevada College pitchers Dylan Baker and Tim Peterson have signed professional contracts after being drafted in Major League Baseball's first-year player draft earlier this month.
"Both of them are a great testament to (pitching) coach (Jeremy) Beard," said WNC Baseball Coach D.J. Whittemore. "Both guys made huge leaps in their second seasons when they started working with Jeremy."
Baker signed on Tuesday with the Cleveland Indians, who picked the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in the fifth round — a Western Nevada best. Whittemore said Baker, who posted a 13-0 record and 1.91 earned run average for the Wildcats last season, is expected to play in the Arizona Fall League beginning next week.
Peterson, who earned 12 wins on the mound for WNC in 2010-11, signed last week with the New York Mets. The Mets chose Peterson in the 20th round after he compiled a 3-0 record and 2.42 ERA for the Kentucky Wildcats this spring.The 6-foot-1 right-hander has already reported to the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A New York-Penn League.
Peterson and Baker are the 16th and 17th Western Nevada players to sign pro contracts in the seven-year history of the baseball program. Fourteen of the signees have been pitchers, and 10 Wildcats have been signed since 2010.
Draft picks are signing sooner in 2012 because MLB clubs have just until July 13, a month earlier than in previous years, to come to terms with their selections or surrender their rights.
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