- Brooks Wallace Award Watch List
Drew will enter the 2008 season as an All-American candidate and with an opportunity to be taken very high in the 2008 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft as well as break some more school records if he has another season like he did last year. Drew had the finest season ever for a Penn State relief pitcher and one of the best seasons ever for a Nittany Lion hurler, period. A relatively unknown and quiet junior college transfer from Young Harris College entering last year, he burst onto the Big Ten and national scene last year by putting up some staggering and unprecedented numbers for a Penn State pitcher while emerging as the top closer in the Big Ten. At the conclusion of his record-setting season, he was drafted in the eighth round of last year's MLB Amateur Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, one of a record-tying five Nittany Lions to be drafted off of last year's team. He turned down a chance to play professional ball and to join former teammate Scott Gaffney with the Reds and elected to return to Penn State for his junior season, which will be his fourth year in college since he redshirted as a freshman at Wake Forest. In addition to almost certainly boosting his draft stock this year, Drew will also be very close to earning his degree at the conclusion of this season.
Summer 2007: Appeared in 11 games for the Battle Creek Bombers of the Northwoods League....Compiled a 3.38 ERA and a 1-2 record in just 10.2 innings....Allowed eight hits, four earned runs and struck out 14 while limiting opposing hitters to a .190 average.
2007 (Sophomore): Set a new school record for saves in a season with 11, easily shattering the old record of seven....Moved all the way up to a tie for second on the Penn State career saves list in just one season, and is just five shy of breaking the record of 15....Went 11-for-12 in save opportunities and has not allowed only two of 11 inherited runners to score....Held the opponent without any runs in 18 of his 23 appearances and without any earned runs in 20 of 23....Had a string of 26.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, which spanned over his 17 appearances from March 24 through May 26....In that same span, had a streak of 20.1 straight scoreless innings over 13 straight appearances from April 4 through May 24....Did not allow a walk in nine straight appearances, which spanned from April 4 through May 19 and a total of 15.2 innings....Retired 23 straight hitters over six appearances from April 15 - May 12, earning three saves and a win in that time frame....Penn State picked up a win in 19 of his 23 appearances....Had a 0.00 ERA and did not allow an earned or unearned run in 16.1 innings to go along with a 2-0 record and eight saves in Big Ten play....Also allowed just six hits and limited hitters to a .113 average in the Big Ten....Overall, allowed just one earned run all year in 22.1 innings to a Big Ten team, and that run came in the Big Ten Tournament in his sixth inning of work in three days....Overall, had a microscopic ERA of 1.34 in 33.2 innings of work and allowed just five earned runs (nine overall) and 22 hits to go along with a 4-2 record while limiting opponents to a .188 batting average....Named first team All-Big Ten.
Young Harris College (Freshman): Played for the Mountain Lions for one season under head coach Rick Robinson....Helped lead the team to a 48-16 record as a sophomore....Was a member of a GJCAA championship team in his only year at Young Harris.
Wake Forest (Redshirt): Took a medical redshirted in his only year at Wake Forest after having Tommy John surgery.
Blessed Trinity HS: Earned four varsity letters at Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, Ga....Was an All-County honorable mention selection as a sophomore....Went 6-0 with a 1.57 ERA and was a first team All-County pick and was also named to the Dugout Club All-Tournament team as a junior....Team went a combined 28-2 in the region over his final two years and won back-to-back regional championships....Also participated in football.
Background: Andrew Michael O'Neil was born on November 8, 1985 in Atlanta, Ga....The son of David and Kathy O'Neil, he has an older brother, Richard (25) and an older sister, Kristen (23)....Drew is majoring in economics.