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Major League Baseball: Frontier grad Cortright of Canisius drafted by O’s

Garrett Cortright closed out a All-MAAC First team season with a gutsy effort, pitching into the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to the nation’s top-ranked North Carolina.
Canisius junior pitcher Garrett Cortright of Hamburg was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 40th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday (June 8). Cortright is the seventh Golden Griffin taken in the last five years and is the third Canisius junior selected in the draft since 1994.

The 6-foot-5 righty posted an 11-4 record in 16 starts to go along with a 2.41 earned run average and 76 strikeouts. Cortright led the conference in earned run average and was tied for first with the 11 victories. Cortright set a conference record with 115.2 innings pitched, including five complete games. An All-MAAC First-Team selection, Cortright threw a one-hitter in the first round of the 2013 MAAC Championship, allowing one unearned run, walking none and striking out seven.

In 47 career appearances (41 starts), Cortright is 21-14 with a 3.40 ERA and 181 strikeouts in 275.2 innings. Cortright is third in program history in wins, ERA and games started, fourth in strikeouts and second in opponents’ batting average (.243). He’s the first Canisius player drafted since three were taken in the 2011 draft, most notably Sean Jamieson by the Oakland A’s in the 17th round.

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