Duke graduate Scott Cichon, 23, has been selected #1 overall in the 2018 Bull League draft by the Arizona Cowboys, it has been announced today.
The left-handed starter impressed baseball scouts with his performance overall this season, finishing 9-1 with a 1.96 ERA over 82.2 innings. With just 66 hits and 23 walks allowed his WHIP worked out to an admirable 1.08. He rung up 95 batters and just allowed two home runs.
One of his most notable performances was back on March 31 against Northwestern, a complete game shutout in which Cichon threw 110 pitches, striking out 8 Wildcats batters and allowing just 5 hits and a pair of walks.
Scott hails from the rough-and-tumble town of Washington Park, Illinois, a suburb on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, where he grew up playing not only baseball, but football and basketball through his early years.
He originally attended Duke on a basketball scholarship, and had attracted interest from NBA scouts while in his first two years there. But he decided to switch to baseball after suffering an ankle injury, after trying out as a pitcher and catching the eye of the sports director.
He was named Pitcher of the Month for February, then went on to be selected for the NCAA All-Star Game. After briefly suffering from an abdominal strain, he was back in action in mid-April and finished the year strong, pitching the Blue Devils to a win over Clemson in Elite Eight playoff action.
At the end of the year he missed being named Pitcher of the Year only by a few votes, settling for 2nd place in the voting.