Arizona's starting pitcher James Farris throws to ASU's Brian Serven during the fourth inning at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz., on April 25.

A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star

James Farris is off the board.

The former Arizona Wildcats pitcher was selected in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft this afternoon. Farris was picked by the Chicago Cubs with the 259th overall pick.

The right-hander, who prepped at Gilbert Highland High School, went 6-6 with a 3.40 ERA this past season as the UA's Friday night starter. The senior struck out 100 batters in 113 2/3 innings.  

Farris was selected in the 15th round last year by the Houston Astros and decided to return to Arizona for his senior season. He was the 437th overall pick as a junior. 

For his career, Farris went 18-14 with a 3.93 ERA in 47 starts for Arizona. He started in the UA's national championship clinching game at the 2012 College World Series against South Carolina. 

Farris is the first UA player to be selected by the Cubs since Colt Sedbrook in 2007. The infielder was taken by Chicago in the 42nd round. 

Farris was the only UA player to be taken Friday. The draft will conclude tomorrow with rounds 11-40. Several more Wildcats could be taken.