PUEBLO, Colo. With the fifth pick of the 27th round of 2019 Major League Baseball draft, the Detroit Tigers selected Beau Brieske of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball team.
Brieske (Jr., Chandler, Ariz.) was the 802nd overall pick of the MLB draft. The starting pitcher became the 20th player in program history to be drafted by a MLB team and the first to be selected by the Detroit Tigers.
In his first season with the Pack, Brieske went 7-5. Brieske struck out 116 batters in 79.2 innings. His 116 strikeouts are the second-most in program history and the most by a Pack pitcher in 50 years. He is also the Pack's single-season leader in strikeouts since the program restarted 25 years ago.
Brieske led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in strikeouts. His 116 strikeouts ranked 10th in D-II in K's. The righty fanned 13.10 batters per nine innings, 13th best in D-II. Brieske ranked fifth in the RMAC with seven wins.
As a junior, Brieske earned First Team All-RMAC honors. Brieske collected RMAC Pitcher of the Week honors March 12 and March 19.
Brieske posted 5.42 ERA in 14 starts. He allowed a 1.59 WHIP, giving up just 27 walks.
In 2019, Brieske became just the third student-athlete in CSU-Pueblo history to strikeout more than 100 batters in a season. He struck out 10 or more batters six times in 14 starts. The righty recorded a season-high 15 strikeouts in a win over Regis, March 15.
Brieske became the first ThunderWolf to be drafted since Taylor Snyder in 2016. He is the first Pack pitcher taken in the amateur draft since Shawn Martinez and Don Clement in 2004.