Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate senior left-hander David Roseboom became the second Spartan to be drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft when the New York Mets selected him in the 17th round on Saturday.
Roseboom becomes the 27th all-time Spartan to be drafted and the 14th under the direction of current head coach Matt Fincher. Junior right-hander Chad Sobotka was picked Friday in the fourth round by the Atlanta Braves.
"I was out all day long with my girlfriend trying to keep my mind off of everything because I wasn't sure when or if I would be picked," Roseboom said. "I had been texting with the Mets for a bit before I was picked and they told me they were planning on taking me. My phone started blowing up with calls and texts from family and friends about 45 seconds later, so I figured that I must have been drafted. I was able to log on to the draft page and see my name and it was an amazing feeling.
"It was the same feeling I had four years ago when I was drafted out of high school," Roseboom added. "It's the feeling I've wanted my whole life. I feel like a little kid on Christmas. I have worked for this my entire life and I couldn't ask for anything better. I am looking forward to getting to work and continuing my career as a member of the New York Mets."
Roseboom drew 13 starts in his final season in a Spartan uniform and served as the anchor of one of the youngest pitching staffs in the country. The Pattersonville, N.Y. native finished the season with a 4.89 earned run average, 55 strikeouts and just 22 walks in 81.0 innings of work.
He turned in one of his best pitching performances of his career when he struck out a career-best 10 hitters in seven innings of mound duty March 22 against Atlantic Sun champion Florida Gulf Coast. Roseboom would go on to finish the regular season ranked ninth in the conference in strikeouts.
In his next start, Roseboom hurled his first career complete game in leading Upstate to a 6-3 victory over Lipscomb March 29 from Harley Park. Roseboom, who threw a then career-high 131 pitches, allowed just two earned runs on seven hits to go along with six strikeouts en route to his second win of the season.
His most gutty performance followed two weeks later when he threw a career-high 10.2 innings April 12 at Northern Kentucky, allowing just two runs while striking out seven and walking just one. Roseboom held the Norse scoreless for the final 9.2 innings he pitched, which allowed Upstate to battle back with two runs in the seventh to tie the game before scoring the game-winning run in the top of the 16th inning.
"I am really happy to see David drafted today," Fincher said. "He was drafted late out of high school and chose to come to Upstate instead, so it was important for everyone to see him get drafted again. David is a guy that did a whole lot for this program. He started since the day he got here and really carried a lot of the weight. We asked him to go deep into games when maybe it wasn't the best idea for his development, but he shouldered the load when his number was called and always competed for us.
"He set some lofty goals for himself over the past two seasons and made it a point to make sure he met them," Fincher added. "Seeing players set and reach goals are what makes coaching so enjoyable. I'm just so happy for David and look forward to watching him develop as a professional."
Roseboom, who also earned All-A-Sun second team accolades as a sophomore in 2012 after posting a team-best 2.91 ERA in 80.1 innings of work, finished his career first all-time at Upstate with 56 games started and 319.2 inning pitched, and tied for third with 18 wins and 209 strikeouts. He is one of only four pitchers in Upstate history with 200 career strikeouts.
"I want to thank my parents and the entire Upstate staff for all they have done for me to help me get to this point," Roseboom said. "I can't say enough about what coach Fincher, coach Rembert, coach Saberhagen and coach Guevin have done for me. I also had a lot of other coaches my first three years at Upstate, and I couldn't have done this without them as well."