2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll
SEC Pitcher of the Week (March 3, 2008)
2008 ABCA Second-Team All-South Region
2008 Second-Team All-Louisiana
MLB Draft: 43rd round in 2005 (Philadelphia)
MLB Draft: 47th round in 2007 (San Francisco)
MLB Draft: 9th round in 2008 (San Francisco)
Signed with the San Francisco Giants in July 2008 after pitching one season at LSU ... pitched in the Tigers’ weekend rotation in 2008 and finished in the Top 10 in several SEC categories, including games started (No. 1 - 18), wins (No. 2 - 9), innings pitched (No. 4 - 96.0), strikeouts (No. 7 - 85), and opponent batting average (No. 8 -.264) ... recovered from Tommy John surgery in 2005 to have a successful career at Skagit College (2006-07) and at LSU (2008).
JUNIOR SEASON (2008)
Appeared in 20 games with an SEC-best 18 starts, recording a 9-4 mark and a 4.12 ERA in 96 innings with 37 walks and 85 strikeouts ... earned an NCAA Baton Rouge Regional win over Southern Miss (May 31), allowing four runs on six hits in five innings with two walks and four strikeouts ... registered a season-best 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings in SEC Tournament start vs. South Carolina (May 21) ... recorded the first complete game of his LSU career April 13 in the Tigers' 8-2 win at Ole Miss; Verdugo wasn't scheduled to start the game; however, when right-hander Jared Bradford encountered problems with a blister on his hand during pregame warm-ups, Verdugo was called into action just minutes prior to first pitch -- he responded with a tremendous outing, limiting the Rebels to two runs on three hits in nine innings with two walks and two strikeouts ... superb outing at Kentucky (May 3), limiting the Wildcats to one unearned run on three hits in eight innings with three walks and seven strikeouts ... defeated Arkansas on March 23, allowing one run on three hits in seven innings with four walks and five strikeouts ... named on March 3 as the SEC Pitcher of the Week, earning two wins in his first two career LSU starts over Southern and Duquesne -- he worked a total of 10 innings in the two outings, allowing just one run on three hits while recording a 0.90 ERA.
One of most talented pitchers in junior college during his tenure at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Wash. ... named Skagit Valley College Male Athlete of the Year in 2007 ... earned 2007 first-team all-conference honors ... selected by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges to the first team for the Northern region and to the second-team for Washington state ... recorded a 7-2 mark in 10 starts with a 2.74 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 2007; also pitched a no-hitter last season.
A three-year letterwinner at Lake Stevens High School in Washington state ... winner of the Sportsmanship Award and Mr. Baseball Award in Washington ... recorded a 3-3 pitching record in 2005 with a 2.70 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 43 innings of play ... also batted .354 with five homers and 23 RBI.
Full name is Ryan Verdugo ... parents are Dale and Cindy Verdugo ... has one younger sister, Emma ... friends and teammates call him “Doogie” ... interests include listening to music and watching movies ... favorite athletes are Ken Griffey Jr. and Nolan Ryan ... general studies major at LSU ... born April 10, 1987.
Verdugo’s LSU Career Highs
Innings: 9.0 at Ole Miss (4/13/08)
Strikeouts: 10 vs. South Carolina (5/21/08)
Hits Allowed: 11 vs. Miss. State (5/9/08)
Runs: 6 twice; last vs. North Carolina (6/15/08)
Earned Runs: 6 vs. Miss. State (5/9/08)
Walks: 5 vs. South Carolina (5/21/08)