June 5, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University shortstop Pat Peavey complete his final season of collegiate baseball just two weeks ago, and now will have a chance to play professionally as the Houston Astros drafted him in the 33rd round of Major League Baseball's amateur draft.
The senior from Brisbane, Calif., completed his fourth season on the Mission Campus with a .300 average, 14 doubles, three home runs and 45 RBI. He was second on the team in 2002 in doubles and RBI. For his career, Peavey finished with a .305 batting average, 31 doubles, nine home runs and 95 runs batted in. He started in 128 of the 137 games in which he played, including all 55 of the Broncos' games in 2002.
"I knew that Pat would get a chance from someone to play," said Santa Clara head coach Mark O'Brien. "He is the kind of guy you want around. Someone who will work their tail off to get things accomplished. I am very happy for Pat and look forward to watching him play at the professional level."
In a recent Up Close & Personal interview done with Peavey, he shared his dreams of making it to the big leagues. He took one step closer to that dream Wednesday when the Astros took him with pick #1001 in the draft.
"Ever since I was five I dreamed of playing in the Big Leagues, and that dream continues today."
"Ever since I was five I dreamed of playing in the Big Leagues, and that dream continues today," said Peavey. "All I am looking for after Santa Clara is a shot somewhere, that is all I can ask for, then it will be up to me to prove myself and that is what baseball is all about."
While growing up, Peavey and his younger brother Bill, now a first baseman at USC, would play baseball every day. Bill Peavey was also drafted, going on day one to the Cleveland Indians in the 11th round.