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Arizona pitchers Andrew Nardi, Randy Labaut selected on Day 3 of MLB Draft

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Despite posting the second-worst ERA in the Pac-12, the Arizona Wildcats had three pitchers selected in the 2019 MLB Draft this week.

Left-handers Andrew Nardi and Randy Labaut were taken on the third day of the draft Wednesday, after Avery Weems was selected in the sixth round by the White Sox on Tuesday.

Nardi was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 16th round (471st overall). Labaut was drafted in the 35th round (1060th overall) by the Cleveland Indians.

Nardi, a junior college transfer, made 17 appearances and 14 starts in his lone season at Arizona, going 4-5 with a 6.75 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 66.2 innings.

Labaut, a junior, posted a 5.19 ERA in 85 innings in 2019, a sharp regression from the 1.60 ERA he posted in his sophomore season that was cut short by injury.

As juniors, Nardi and Labaut could return to Arizona if they do not sign with their MLB clubs. Being picked as late as they were, they would receive minimal signing bonuses if they decide to go pro. (MLB.com does not list the slot values after the 10th round if you’re looking for an actual estimate.)

Also taken on the third day of the draft (and with the very last pick): Garrett Irvin, a junior college pitcher who is committed to Arizona. The lefty starter had a 2.25 ERA in 96 innings at Riverside City College this season.