French was used mainly as the Friday weekend starter in the 2014 season. The right-hander made 17 starts this past season and compiled a record of 7-5 with an ERA of 2.41 in 104 2/3 innings. French was drafted in the 19th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers. He was the 580th player overall to be selected.
The Texas native has made 39 career starts in his three seasons at Texas, which places him just outside the top 10 in program history. French was 6-2 as a freshman in 2012 in nine starts and posted a 2.84 ERA in his first college season. As a sophomore, his starting assignments increased to 13. He was 4-5 that year with an ERA of 2.68.
French helped lead the Longhorns to regional and super-regional championships in the NCAA Baseball Championship this season, giving up just three run in his first three starts in the postseason. In the College World Series, he pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one run, in an elimination-game victory over Louisville.
“I would like to thank the Detroit Tigers for the opportunity to play professional baseball, but I have some unfinished business left in Austin,” French said in a statement released by the University of Texas athletic department.
French ranks third among active players for career innings pitched with 239 1/3.