Memphis Has Pair Taken in MLB Draft
June 5, 2001
University of Memphis senior pitcher Jason Wiedmeyer was taken in the sixth round by the San Diego Padres while junior second baseman Daniel Uggla was the 11th-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday during the first day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.
Wiedmeyer posted a 7-6 record with a 4.57 earned run average as a senior. He struck out 75 batter to rank ninth in Conference USA while walking just 25 in 90.2 innings of work.
Wiedemeyer, a native of West Bend, Wisc., was the U of M's highest draft pick since Josh Stewart was the fourth-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 1999 draft.
Uggla was named to Baseball Weekly's All-America first team after leading Memphis in virtually every offensive category in 2001, including home runs (18), batting average (.379), slugging percentage (.790) and RBI (67). The Columbia, Tenn., native also set a single season Tiger record by hitting 28 doubles during the year. He was also selected to the TPX Louisville Slugger's All-America second team as selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball.
The tandem were a big reason why Memphis was the most improved baseball team in Division I in 2001, posting a 19-game turnaround. Memphis posted a 34-24 record in 2001 after posting a 15-37 record in 2000. South Alabama and Winthrop had 18-game turnarounds while Conference USA rival Tulane won 17 more games in 2001 than a year ago.