Schreiber Taken in 15th Round by Tigers
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Baseball - Sat, Jun. 11, 2016

LIMA, Ohio – As the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft entered day three on Saturday, the University of Northwestern Ohio were still waiting to hear any names from the 2016 Racers called. They did not have to wait long, however, as in the 15th Round, the Detroit Tigers came calling.

 

Using the 445th overall pick, the Tigers selected Racers' closer John Schreiber, a 6-3 graduating senior and the all-time saves leader for UNOH. Schreiber, a native of Rockwood, Michigan, grew up as a Tigers fan, and that made a special day for him even better.

"Growing up, I have always watched the Tigers play and went to many games at Comerica Park, watching players like Jeremy Bonderman, Chris Shelton, and Brandon Inge play," Schreiber explained, "and to hear my name called in the 15th round made me break down, knowing that I will get to play for the organization that many of my favorite players played for."

 

Schreiber shined on the mound for the Racers for three seasons after transferring in from Henry Ford Community College. Over three seasons, Schreiber compiled a record of 11-4 with an ERA of 2.30 in 97.2 innings of work. Over 62 appearances, Schreiber had 24 saves, and he racked up 116 strikeouts and only issued 36 walks. As a junior in 2015, Schreiber set a UNOH single season record with 14 saves, and he followed that up with nine more as a senior in 2016. During those two seasons, Schreiber held opponents to a batting average of .140.

 

"This is truly a dream come true for me," Schreiber continued. "To have the opportunity to play for the Tigers organization is the greatest feeling in the world, and this is one of the best days of my life. I couldn't have done this if it wasn't for the coaching staff along with my family who have supported me my whole life. I especially want to thank my coaches and teammates for being by my side throughout the draft process."

 

For head coach the Racers, Schreiber is the sixth player they have placed in the professional ranks following their time at UNOH. An impressive number for a program as young as the Racers, and that fact is not lost on UNOH head coach Kory Hartman.

"John is a great young man and I couldn't be happier for him and his family," Hartman remarked. "He has had a great career here at UNOH and we will miss him dearly next season."

"Like any other senior or draft pick," he continued, "these men sacrifice so much for this program and as a staff and University, we wish them all the success in the world. This is another feather in our program's hat, but we feel very strongly that we have many players like Schreiber that deserve a chance and look forward to our future."