SECAUCUS, N.Y - The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Wills Montgomerie in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft on Tuesday afternoon.
Montgomerie is the 40th player drafted or signed by a major league club under 14th year head coach Jim Penders and is the seventh Husky drafted in the first six rounds of the MLB Draft since 2010. He is the 86th UConn player selected in the MLB Draft.
Montgomerie completed his junior season in Storrs leading the team with 116 strikeouts in 89.1 innings pitched in 2017. His 116 punch-outs led The American conference and ranked third all-time in single season history for the Huskies.
He ranked 17th nationally with 11.69 strikeouts per nine innings and tied for 20th in the country with his 116 strikeouts. In his third season at UConn, he set career-highs in starts (15), innings pitched (89.1), strikeouts (116).
Montgomerie's 226 career strikeouts ranks fourth all-time and tied for 18th in program history with 15 wins in his UConn career. With his sixth round selection, Montgomerie is the first player selected from a Northeast college in the 2017 MLB Draft.
Montgomerie compiled many memorable outings for the Huskies in his time in Storrs. In 2017, Montgomerie helped lead the Huskies to a win over Texas, 2-1, in Austin on Feb. 25. He pitched 6.1 scoreless frames, gave up four hits and struck out 13 Longhorns.
He followed up that outing with a career-high 14 strikeouts in six innings against Stetson on March 4. The Huskies tied a program record with 20 punch-outs as a team against the Hatters, winning the contest, 9-3.
Arguably, his biggest outing came against Memphis on May 28, 2016 in The American Conference semifinals. With the Huskies season on the line, Montgomerie pitched seven-shutout innings, allowed three hits and punched out six Tigers. The victory helped send UConn to the championship game and eventually captured its first American Athletic Conference Championship.
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