FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University junior right-handed pitcher Dylan Owen was selected by the New York Mets in the 20th round of Major League Baseball’s 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Friday (June 8).
Owen was selected as the 29th pick in the 20th round (No. 633 overall) on the second day of the 50-round draft. The Chesterfield native is expected to make a decision in the next few weeks as to whether he will sign with the Mets or return to Francis Marion for his senior campaign.
Owen is the second Patriot hurler to be selected in the past two drafts. Lefty Lee Tabor was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds as the eighth pick in the 30th round (No. 894 overall) in the 2006 draft, and then passed up his senior season to sign with the Reds.
This past season, Owen was 10-1 with one save and a 1.14 earned run average. He struck out 121 batters in 102.1 innings pitched, walked only 19, and opponents hit just .208 against him, including a .178 figure by right-handed batters. He recorded three complete games, had six contests with double-figure strikeouts, and established a new PBC career record for strikeouts with 334.
Of the 77 hits he allowed this season, only eight were for extra bases and he did not surrender a home run. He leads Division II in ERA and strikeouts. His lone loss came in the season opener.
In three seasons at FMU, he has compiled a 28-8 record with two saves, a 2.15 ERA, and the 334 strikeouts in 323 innings. He has completed 16 of his 40 career starts.
Owen helped lead the Patriots to a 36-18 record this past year, the second-most wins in team history.
Owen was named the 2007 NCAA Division II national Pitcher of the Year by two different voting groups. He earned first-team Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All-America honors each of the past two years. He was also selected as the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year for both 2006 and 2007.
Owen is the fifth FMU player to be drafted over the past six years, joining Tabor; center fielder Quentin Davis, chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round of the 2005 draft; right-handed pitcher Erin Jones, chosen in the 31st round of the 2004 draft by the New York Mets; and left-handed pitcher Hal Chafey, chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20th round of the 2002 draft.
Owen was one of four Peach Belt Conference pitchers chosen in the first 30 rounds of the 2007 draft.