Arizona Softball

Arizona Wildcats’ Taylor McQuillin Sixth Player Picked in 2019 NPF College Draft

Information for this report provided by the Arizona media relations department.

Arizona senior left handed pitcher Taylor McQuillin was the sixth player to hear her name called in the 2019 NPF College Draft, selected by the Cleveland Comets with the first pick in the second round. She will join the Comets after completing her collegiate eligibility this season.

McQuillin is 71-29 in her Wildcat career with a 1.96 ERA and 740 strikeouts in 615 2/3 career innings pitched. She ranks seventh in UA history in strikeouts, ninth in victories and 10th in career innings pitched. McQuillin is a three-time all-conference performer and two-time all-region player in her career.

Taylor McQuillin (Photo courtesy Arizona Athletics)



The senior, who led the NCAA in shutouts in 2018, is 15-5 through 10 weeks of her senior season with a 1.28 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 125.1 innings pitched. McQuillin is fourth in the Pac-12 in ERA (1.28), third in opponent batting average (.155) and fifth in strikeouts (157). 

McQuillin is the 15th player drafted into the NPF in Arizona history and the first since four Wildcats — Katiyana Mauga, Danielle O’Toole, Mo Mercado and Mandie Perez — were drafted in 2017. McQuillin joins Mauga (2017 – 6th), Estela Pinon (2014 – 4th), Jenae Leles (2009 – 6th), Taryne Mowatt (2008 – 6th), Kristie Fox (2007 – 5th), Alicia Hollowell (2006 – 5th) and Jackie Coburn (2005 – 2nd) as the eighth player to be taken in the top six picks of the draft.

ARIZONA NPF DRAFT HISTORY

2004
1st Round (7th Overall) – Mackenzie Vandergeest (Texas Thunder)
3rd Round (21st Overall) – Wendy Allen (Arizona Heat)

2005
1st Round (2nd Overall) – Jackie Coburn (Arizona Heat)

2006
1st Round (5th Overall) – Alicia Hollowell (Arizona Heat)

2007
1st Round (5th Overall) – Kristie Fox (Chicago Bandits)

2008
1st Round (6th Overall) – Taryne Mowatt (Washington Glory)

2009
2nd Round (6th Overall) – Jenae Leles (Rockford Thunder)

2013
5th Round (17th Overall) – Brigette Del Ponte (Akron Racers)

2014
1st Round (4th Overall) – Estela Piñon (Chicago Bandits)

2015
6th Round (28th Overall) – Hallie Wilson (Usssa Pride)

2017
2nd Round (6th Overall) – Katiyana Mauga Texas Charge)
2nd Round (8th Overall) – Danielle O’Toole (Chicago Bandits)
2nd Round (9th Overall) – Mo Mercado (USSSA Pride)
4th Round (19th Overall) – Mandie Perez (USSSA Pride)

2018
2nd Round (6th Overall) – Taylor McQuillin (Cleveland Comets)

McQuillin and the Wildcats are back in action this week vs. Stanford at Hillenbrand Stadium. The Wildcats and the Cardinal meet Thursday (6 p.m.), Friday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.).

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