NEW YORK — Oakland University left-handed pitcher Hayden Fox was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 21st round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the league announced via teleconference.
The redshirt sophomore from Macomb, Mich. became the 16th Golden Grizzlies player to be drafted out of college.
“I am very happy for Hayden,” said head coach John Musachio. “He has worked extremely hard and overcome adversity to become the prospect that he is now. He has a very bright future and we could not be more proud him.”
Fox posted 94 strikeouts over 91.1 innings in his first three seasons with the Golden Grizzlies. He has earned a 5-8 record with a 6.90 ERA and was a weekend starter for the Black and Gold this season. Fox made a quick impression at OU, by going 3-0 as a freshman with 28 strikeouts.
This season, Fox had 63 strikeouts in 61.2 innings and twice struck out nine batters in a single game. Both his wins in 2012 came in Summit League play, as he posted a 2.95 ERA against league opponents. Fox threw five scoreless innings in his win over Oral Roberts to help Oakland end the Golden Eagles’ streak of 39 consecutive league series wins at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
With two years of college eligibility remaining, Fox retains the option to return to the Oakland baseball team. If he did so, he would again become draft-eligible at the end of his redshirt junior year.
This season the Golden Grizzlies won 21 of the final 29 regular season games and posted a 15-6 record in league play to finish second in The Summit League. The Golden Grizzlies also equaled the school’s best tournament finish in its NCAA Division I era.