Aug. 7, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Pitcher Adam Dian decided to give up his final year of eligibility to pursue a professional career when he signed a contract with the Texas Rangers two weeks ago on July 24.
"I am very happy for Adam and wish him great success in pursuit of a professional career," head coach Joe Jordano said following the news.
Dian made his professional debut with the Arizona League Rangers of the Rookie League level on Aug. 2. He pitched one inning in relief, giving up a hit and walk while striking out one for a scoreless frame. Before joining the Rangers, Dian spent the first half of his summer with the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League. An All-Star for the summer league, Dian was 0-1 with a 2.21 earned run average and 13 saves in 20.1 innings out of the bullpen.
In his final year at Pitt, Dian tossed 16.1 innings over 14 appearances, resulting in a 1-2 record and a save. Dian spent two seasons at Temple prior to arriving at Pittsburgh. At Temple, Dian posted a 3.69 ERA in 53.2 innings of work over two seasons, including a 2.33 ERA in 2013, which was second lowest on the team. He appeared in 28 games, making three starts while striking out 43 strikeouts.
Dian joins former Pitt pitchers Matt Wotherspoon, Joseph Harvey and Luke Curtis in the professional ranks, who were all selected in the MLB draft in June.