Baseball's Derrik Lutz, Dan Pfau Selected on Day Two of 2006 MLB Draft
June 7, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington University junior RHP Derrik Lutz (Grantville, PA/Lower Dauphin) was selected in the 19th round by the Cincinnati Reds, while senior LHP Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ) was chosen in the 27th round by the Washington Nationals Wednesday afternoon on the second and final day of the 2006 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft. Lutz, a three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team performer, was chosen 564th overall in the first round on the second day of selections. Pfau, meanwhile, was taken 911th overall by the hometown Nationals.
As a junior, Lutz posted a record of 6-4 with a team-leading 1.54 ERA and one save. His six wins tied for the team lead to go along with 89 strikeouts in a team-high 99.2 innings pitched. Lutz also held opponents to just a .181 batting average, which led the A-10, while his earned run average ranked sixth-best nationally.
With both Lutz and Pfau being picked, the Colonials have now had at least one player drafted seven consecutive years. Mike O'Connor, one of five draftees in 2002 and the latest former Colonial to make it to the big leagues, is now a rookie LHP with the Washington Nationals. Other former GW baseball players to make it to the major leagues include catcher John Flaherty `89 (five teams), catcher Steve Korcheck `54 (Washington Senators) and infielder Sam Perlozzo `73 (Minnesota and San Diego), now manager of the Baltimore Orioles.
Lutz made a name for himself in the eyes of scouts in the summer following his sophomore campaign when he played in the highly-competitive Cape Cod Baseball League. Lutz earned all-league honors during his stint after recording a league-high tying 12 saves. He notched 39 strikeouts in 25 innings while yielding just 13 hits, three walks and no runs.
During his sophomore campaign at GW, Lutz led the Colonials with an 8-1 record, seven complete games and a 2.79 ERA. He also recorded a team-high 98 strikeouts in 84 innings. As a freshman, Lutz was a dominant closer for GW and set the single-season record for saves with 12.
Pfau closed out his senior season with the Colonials with a 3-5 record, a team-high four saves and a 4.21 ERA. Perhaps Pfau's best performance of the year came in the A-10 Tournament when he pitched a complete game five-hitter to keep GW's hopes alive at the championship. He allowed just one earned run with seven strikeouts in a 6-1 victory against third-seeded Dayton en route to earning All-Championship honors.
As a junior at GW, Pfau finished 4-4 with a 3.00 ERA and five saves. He also finished with 49 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched. Between his first two years with the Colonials, Pfau posted a record of 10-1 with one complete game in 98.2 innings. His nine career saves rank fourth all-time at GW.