San Marcos, Texas – A Texas State baseball record was set on Wednesday afternoon when senior pitcher Joseph Dvorsky and junior second baseman Tyler Sibley were drafted to bring the Bobcats’ total to five players selected this year, the most that have ever been taken in Texas State history. Dvorsky was selected with the 20th pick of the 35th round by the Chicago White Sox, while Sibley was drafted with the 19th pick of the 50th round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Three Bobcats were drafted on Tuesday as Kyle Kubitza (3rd round, Atlanta Braves), Carson Smith (8th round, Seattle Mariners) and Casey Kalenkosky (13th round, Washington Nationals) were all chosen on the second day of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
With five players selected this year, Texas State has now had 10 players drafted over the past three years – the most in any three-year stretch in Texas State history.
Dvorsky began the season as the Texas State closer and earned six saves early in the season before primarily working in a middle relief and setup role. The Waco native finished the season with seven saves, tied for the third most in a single season in Texas State history, to go along with a 2.83 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings on the mound. Dvorsky had a 3-0 record and made 24 appearances during the season, 23 of which came out of the bullpen.
His one start of the season, and also his career, came in the Southland Conference Tournament championship game when Dvorsky pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout in leading the Bobcats to the tournament title. He earned Southland Conference All-Tournament Team honors after throwing one of three shutouts for the Bobcats this season.
Sibley began the season with a Texas State-record 30-game hitting streak and continued to get on base throughout the season from the top of the lineup. The Bobcat leadoff man finished 2011 with a .340 batting average, six home runs, 12 doubles, three triples, 62 runs scored, 37 RBIs and 20 stolen bases for the season. His 62 runs scored were not only a team high, but that total also is the fourth most in a single season in Texas State history. Sibley’s 20 stolen bases also marked a career high for the junior and ranks tied for fourth all-time.
A CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team selection, Sibley earned All-Southland Conference First Team honors in addition to Southland Conference All-Tournament Team accolades. As a freshman, Sibley was named a Louisville Slugger and Baseball America Freshman All-American along with claiming All-Southland Conference Second Team honors.
For his career, Sibley is the Texas State leader in runs scored (183) while ranking tied for third in doubles (39), fourth in hits (222), fourth in stolen bases (41) and eighth in batting average (.343).
Dvorsky and Sibley were two of 25 players from Southland Conference schools to be drafted this year, tying the SLC record for players drafted set in 1995.