Pribanic Taken by Mariners
Lincoln – University of Nebraska pitcher Aaron Pribanic (pronounced Pra-ban-ick) became the first Husker baseball player selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, as he was taken in the third round (No. 98 overall) by the Seattle Mariners on Thursday evening.
Pribanic, who was not drafted before coming to Nebraska, is the highest Husker taken since 2006, when Joba Chamberlain was taken in the first round. Pribanic is the fourth Husker pitcher taken in the first three rounds of the draft since 2003, joining Chamberlain (first round, 2006), Brian Duensing (third round, 2005) and Aaron Marsden (third round, 2003).
On the year, Pribanic went 3-4 with a 4.72 ERA in 17 appearances as Nebraska’s Sunday starter, ranking third in the Big 12 in both complete games two and shutouts (one). He fanned 59 over 74.1 innings and became the first Husker pitcher since Marsden in 2002 to throw complete games in his first two starts.
"It’s an unbelievable feeling," Pribanic said following his selection. "I really can’t put it into words. I couldn’t have done it without the coaching and teammates, who pushed me to be the best I could be. I grew tremendously during the past year. Coach Newman and the rest of the coaching staff was instrumental in my growth. I wouldn’t have been where I am without them."
Pribanic, who played at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College for two years, has professional baseball bloodlines, as his grandfather was former Major League All-Star Jim Coates, who pitched nine seasons in the majors.