June 8, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Three Lobos were selected on the second and final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday afternoon. Senior Joe Salas (Albuquerque, N.M./Rio Grande High School) was the first Lobo selected, drafted in the 24th round (No. 712 overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Junior Josh Mader (Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola High School) was selected in the 29th round (No. 872 overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies and junior Cooper Eddy (West Des Moines, Iowa) was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 36th round (No. 1,085 overall).
Salas, who was drafted as a pitcher, finished second all-time at New Mexico with 11 saves. The lefty posted a 4-2 record in 2004 and had a 5.23 ERA while striking out 53 batters in 43.0 innings of work. The two-time All-Mountain West selection was also a powerful hitter at the plate, walking away from UNM third all-time in homers with 38, third in doubles with 66 and fourth in RBI with 188.
Mader, a shortstop, earned All-Mountain West honors this season for the second time in his career after batting .395 with 10 homers and 56 RBI. He was named Mountain West Player of the Week twice this spring in addition to being named to the All-Mountain West Tournament Team.
Eddy, a right-hander who transferred to UNM from Tennessee Tech, was 5-4 with a 6.24 ERA in his first season at New Mexico. He led the team with 60 strikeouts in 88.0 innings pitched and garnered Mountain West Pitcher of the Week accolades twice this season.
This marks the 12th straight year that at least one Lobo has been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.