June 6, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The San Francisco Giants selected Cal Sate Northridge junior Edwin Quirarte in the fifth round, 147th overall, of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Thursday afternoon. A 2008 All-Big West Second Team selection, Quirarte finished with eight saves in 2008, one shy of the Northridge record, and sported a 4-4 record and a team-best 2.09 ERA.
Quirarte, who joined the Matadors in 2006 following a successful career at Oxnard High School, is the highest draft pick in the Matador baseball program since the Colorado Rockies took Craig Baker in the fourth round of the 2006 draft. He is also the first Matador taken by the Giants organization since 1997, when the team selected Nathan Price in the 19th round.
In addition to the save tally, Quirarte racked up a 4-4 record with 38 strikeouts in 56 innings of work in 2008. He limited opponents to just a .232 batting average and surrendered only six extra-base hits all season.
Northridge head coach Steve Rousey was not surprised to see Quirarte go so high in the draft, based on both his baseball abilities and his character.
"Edwin came into his own this season as a closer," said Rousey. "He had several clutch performance for us and was very consistent throughout the year."
"The Giants are not only getting a talented pitcher, but also a great person," added Rousey. "Edwin's character is reflected his work ethic, his fierce competitiveness and the type of quality teammate he has been for his fellow Matadors. We will miss him sorely."
Other 2008 highlights for Quirarte include nailing down Northridge's first victory over Cal State Fullerton since 2003, picking up the save in a 4-2 victory over the Titans on April 12. He also earned a two inning save on April 4 in the Matadors' 9-7 victory over Cal Poly. The next day, he tossed an additional 2.2 innings of work to earn the win over the Mustangs and help Northridge complete the series sweep.
Perhaps his most impressive line of the season was a stretch of 14.1 scoreless innings that ended on April 20 against Long Beach State.
In his first two seasons with Northridge, Quirarte mainly saw time as a starting pitcher, amassing a 6-15 record in 23 starts. His nine career saves ranks fourth in school history.
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