Bret Helton, a junior pitcher, became the first player from the Utes selected in this year’s draft on Tuesday. The Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the ninth round with the 277
The Junior from Colorado Springs, made 18 appearances this past season starting 10 of them, finishing with a 2-8 record and 5.27 ERA. His 61.1 innings pitched were third most on the Utes, as were his 48 strikeouts this season. Helton and the Utes had a rough season, stumbling to a 16-36-1 record, but it was not enough to dissuade the Pirates from making Helton the seventh
Helton's size, standing 6-3 and weighing 215 lbs.
Players drafted have until July 17
Helton finished his collegiate career with a 4-12 record, 5.68 ERA, 91 strikeouts and one save in 39 appearances for the Utes.