June 7, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - Posting a 10-1 record and earning first team All-Sun Belt Conference honors has helped Florida Atlantic University junior right-handed pitcher Paul Davis being selected in the 17th round by the San Francisco Giants in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon.
Davis was taken with the 537th overall selection and is the second time that he had been drafted. He was selected in the 29th round by the Boston Red Sox in the 2010 draft after a strong career at Pensacola Junior College.
"Paul Davis had an outstanding year and being drafted by the Giants is another testament to that," said John McCormack, FAU's head baseball coach. "I am very proud of him and excited for he and his family."
The Brandon, Fla. native made the most of his first season as an Owl, being named the Sun Belt Conference's pitcher of the week on two occasions and ranked among the league leaders in wins and earned run average. Davis went 10-1 with a 2.87 ERA that featured three complete games. He made 13 starts after starting the season in the bullpen, where he helped the Owls defeat nationally ranked Miami with two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth inning in the opening week of the season.
As a starter, Davis struck out a career-high nine batters in a complete-game shutout against FIU on May 20. He previously tossed a complete game against the Golden Panthers on March 19 in his third starting assignment. Davis also went the distance against Louisiana-Monroe on April 16.
FAU finished the 2011 season with a 32-25 record that featured a 17-13 mark in league action. The Owls finished tied for fourth in the Sun Belt Conference.
The draft continues through Wednesday, June 8.