Pat Lehman Selected by the Washington Nationals in the 13th Round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft
George Washington starter chosen by the Washington Nationals; marks 10th consecutive season in which a Colonial has been taken in the draft
June 10, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington right-handed pitcher Pat Lehman was chosen by the Washington Nationals today in the 13th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. With Lehman's selection, it marks the 10th consecutive year in which a Colonial has been selected in the MLB draft. Lehman was previously drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 41st round of the 2008 draft.
"I am excited for Pat being drafted to play for our hometown Washington Nationals," said Colonials Head Coach Steve Mrowka. "Over the past four years Pat has worked very hard to become an outstanding pitcher and will soon sign a professional baseball contract. I wish him the best as he pursues his dream of playing in the major leagues."
Lehman, who was named the 2009 A-10 Pitcher of the Year, was also the A-10 leader in earned-run average (2.40), strikeouts (89) and innings pitched (105). Lehman held opposing hitters to a .235 average and finished with seven wins, with both marks ranking second in the Conference. A native of Fair Lawn, NJ, Lehman was a two-time A-10 Pitcher of the Week selection and threw six complete games on the year, including five in league play.
"Being selected by the Nationals is very exciting and is a great opportunity for me," said Lehman. "They have a great organization and to be a part of their young pitching prospects is a great honor and opportunity for me. I am looking forward to getting back on the field and representing the Washington Nationals organization."