RENO, Nev. – Jordan Pearce and Justin Bridgman were selected in the 21st and 28th rounds on the final day of the 2017 MLB Draft. Pearce was drafted by the Detroit Tigers with the 635th pick, while Bridgman will head to Tampa Bay to play in the Ray’s organization after being selected with the 829th selection.
In his career with the Wolf Pack, Pearce held a career batting average of .307 to go with 162 hits, 32 doubles, six triples, 10 home runs and 95 RBI. His best season came in 2016 when the Wolf Pack made it to the Mountain West Tournament finals for the first time in school history. He had the best stretch of his career during the tournament, batting .609 with 14 hits, 10 runs, nine RBI and seven extra base hits in six postseason games. This past season, Pearce batted .292 with a .401 slugging percentage and set a career-high with five home runs on the season. The Rays drafted former Wolf Pack second baseman Miles Mastrobuoni last season in the 14th round. Pearce still has one year left of eligibility at Nevada.
A face of Nevada baseball for the past few seasons, Bridgman finished his senior season with a career batting average of .311, 75 RBI and went 33 for 43 on stolen base attempts. A rock in the infield for the Pack, he posted a career fielding percentage of .964 and was a part of the 2016 squad that recorded the best team fielding percentage in school history at .977. Bridgman’s best season came in 2016 where he batted .351 with 85 hits, 51 runs and 37 RBI. He was named second-team All-MW this past season and was named to the All-MW tournament team in 2016. His 203 appearances for the Wolf Pack is the 10th most all-time in Nevada history.
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