Two University at Buffalo players, Canisius College pitching star Rohn Pierce and the son of a former major leaguer from Orchard Park were selected Saturday in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
UB sophomore infielder Tyler Mautner and senior pitcher Mike Burke were selected by the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, respectively. Mautner went in the 14th round. Burke was taken in the 30th.
Pierce went in the 19th round to the Seattle Mariners.
Dave Hollins, senior shortstop from Orchard Park, also was picked. The son of former big league infielder Dave Hollins, he was taken in the 35th round by the Detroit Tigers. Hollins, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, is listed as a third baseman in the draft listings – a position his father played for most of his 12 seasons in the majors, mostly with Philadelphia but also with five other teams. The elder Hollins had a .260 career batting average with 112 home runs.
Pierce, a Lockport native who attended Newfane High, was the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year after helping Canisius to the conference regular-season championship and the final of the MAAC tournament. He posted an 11-3 record with a 2.18 earned-run average in 111∏ innings and 15 starts. His highlight was pitching seven shutout innings over then No. 5 ranked North Carolina State.
Pierce is the ninth Canisius player to be drafted. Last season, pitcher Garrett Cortright from Hamburg was selected in the 40th round by the Baltimore Orioles.
A 6-3, 220-pound right-hander, Pierce was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team at the end of May. He also was named a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, given to the breakout player of the year.
Mautner played first and third base for UB. This year he batted .337 with 17 doubles and 52 runs batted in.
Burke was a four-year contributor to the Bulls as a hitter and a right-hand pitcher. He left UB as the Bulls’ all-time leader in wins (20), starts (43), innings pitched (291.2) and strikeouts (224). He won six games and had a 3.33 earned run average in 2014.