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Shibuya and Knudson are UCSD's first MLB Draft picks since 2003.
Shibuya, Knudson Drafted by Major League Teams
Release: Tuesday 06/07/2011 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego senior pitchers Tim Shibuya and Guido Knudson were both drafted Tuesday on the second day of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Shibuya, a six-foot-one, 190 pound right-hander, was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 23rd round as the 718th overall pick. Knudson, a six-foot-one, 180 pound righty, was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round, the 857th overall pick.

"Tim and Guido are outstanding ball players who will go on to make their organizations very proud," said UCSD head coach Dan O'Brien. "But, they're even better people who have already made us so proud of their success, on and off the field."

The all-time wins, strikeouts and innings pitched leader at UCSD, Shibuya was 11-4 with a 2.12 earned run average in 2011. He struck out 109 batters, his highest single season total as a Triton, and three times he fanned a career-high 11. He led the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched and was second in ERA and opponent average en route to being selected the consensus West Region Pitcher of the Year. The Jackson, Wyo., native won 40 games over his Triton career, including a school record 13 in 2010, and earned All-American status in three of his four seasons at UCSD.

Knudson finished his Triton career with a 29-12 record and a 3.63 ERA. An All-West and All-CCAA performer in 2011, he registered a career best 2.80 ERA with a 9-3 record. At one point this season, Knudson won five consecutive starts. In 2010, he won 10 games and in 2009 he saved 10 games.

"Not many programs have had two players drafted in the same day who are chemistry (Shibuya) and engineering (Knudson) majors," said O'Brien. "It's an incredible accomplishment by two outstanding young men and a very proud day for Triton baseball!"

Shibuya and Knudson are the first MLB Draft selections to come out of UCSD since 2003. Alex Cremidan, also a right-handed hurler, was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 35th round (1056th overall pick) of that year's draft. Cremidan played three seasons of Rookie and A ball for Arizona.

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