Sunday, September 2, 2012

Koehler called up to the majors by Marlins

Koehler becomes the second (Joe Nathan) Seawolf to make it to the big leagues.
   Stony Brook, N.Y. - Former Stony Brook University Baseball standout Tom Koehler '08 has been called up to the major leagues by the Miami Marlins, the club announced on Sunday. Koehler becomes the second Seawolf to make it to the big leagues, joining Texas Rangers closer and five-time All-Star Joe Nathan '97."This is a great day for Tom, his family, Stony Brook Baseball and Stony Brook Athletics," Stony Brook head coach Matt Senk said. "Tom has worked extremely hard to reach this goal and we couldn't be prouder of him."Koehler and Nathan are two of nine former Stony Brook baseball student-athletes currently playing in major league systems after the Seawolves had a record seven players picked in the 2012 MLB Draft, including its first-ever first-round pick in Travis Jankowski.Added to the Marlins 40-man roster in November, Koehler made 27 starts for the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs this season and was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star as he won 12 games and struck out 138 batters.A local product from New Rochelle, Koehler was promoted to the Zephyrs prior to the 2011 season after being named the Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher for the AA Jacksonville Suns the previous year. Koehler went 16-2 with a 2.61 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 28 games for the Suns and led the league in wins while ranking second in strikeouts and innings pitched (158.2).Drafted by the Marlins in the 18th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Koehler was promoted to the Suns in April 2009. The previous season, he went 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA in six starts for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Advanced-A Florida State League.

A two-time, All-America East second team selection, Koehler finished his four-year Stony Brook career second in program history in innings pitched (293.1) and third in strikeouts (297). He was a part of the 2008 America East Championship winning team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.