After having no players selected through the first 10 rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, Oklahoma State had four taken in rounds 11-40 on Saturday.
Big 12 Player of the Year Zach Fish was the first to be selected in the 11th round at No. 318 overall by the Chicago White Sox. The junior outfielder led the Cowboys with 11 home runs while hitting .314 at the plate.
Fish was taken one pick after OSU pitcher signee Nick White, who guided Berryhill to the Class 4A state title in 2013.
Tupelo native Brendan McCurry was taken in the 22nd round (No. 672) by the Oakland Athletics. The senior OSU closer is a finalist for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award. He owns the OSU single-season and career saves records.
Senior first-baseman Tanner Krietemeier, the Cowboys’ RBI leader, went to the Atlanta Braves in the 23rd round (No. 703). Senior right-hander Vince Wheeland, The Oklahoman’s Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, was selected by the Houston Astros in the 24th round (No. 706).
The Detroit Tigers took ace starter Jon Perrin in the 33rd round (No. 1000).
OU PITCHERS BUCHMANN, CHOPLICK PICKED
Oklahoma’s pitching staff struggled for much of the 2014 season, posting a combined 4.37 earned run average.
However, the Sooners aren’t without promising prospects as junior Connor Buchmann and redshirt sophomore Adam Choplick were selected in the draft on Saturday.
The New York Mets selected Buchmann in the 11th round at No. 325 overall despite the righty making only five appearances in his first season with the Sooners after transferring from Howard College (Texas). Buchmann, who possesses a 95 mph fastball, tossed 12 innings with 12 walks and 11 strikeouts.
Choplick, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound lefty, was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 32nd round (No. 948). The Denton (Texas) native was 3-4 with a 5.35 ERA this season.
Two-year infield starter Hector Lorenzana, also a Howard College transfer, was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the 37th round (No. 1124). Junior catcher Mac James was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth round (No. 187) on Friday.
PREP STANDOUTS DRAFTED LATE
Seven Oklahoma high school standouts were chosen on Saturday with six being selected over the final eight rounds.
Oklahoma City-area stars Cameron Warren of Carl Albert and Jon Littell of Stillwater were picked in the 39th round, and Westmoore’s Hunter Aguirre was taken by the Miami Marlins one round later.
Warren, an OU signee who pitched and played first base for the Class 5A state champions, was taken as a first baseman by the New York Yankees. He was the second Titans player selected after the Cincinnati Reds took Gavin LaValley in the fourth round on Friday.
Littell was picked by the Washington Nationals. The 6-foot-4 outfielder has signed with OSU.
Tulsa Union outfielder Josh Davis was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 32nd round, the Cincinnati Reds took Ada second-baseman Walker Whitworth in the 37th round, and Cascia Hall catcher Bryce Carter was picked by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round.
CAMERON’S MCELROY CHOSEN BY BRAVES
After playing at his third school in as many years, Codey McElroy now has his chance to live out a dream.
The 6-foot-6 shortstop, who was an All-American at Chattanooga High School, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 19th round (No. 583) on Saturday.
McElroy began his college career at Eastern State before spending his sophomore season at Texas. After playing in 18 games for the Longhorns in 2013, McElroy transferred to Cameron University, where he hit .323 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 46 games.
“It was definitely a long road, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” McElroy said. “I learned so much from being at different places. But after having to do that, it does make it that much better to finally reach my goal.”
NEO, OCU, OBU HAVE STRONG DRAFT
Northeastern A&M had three players selected on Saturday and four total, giving the junior college in Miami as many as Oklahoma and one less than Oklahoma State.
NEO righty Dean Deetz was taken by the Houston Astros with pick No. 316 in the 11th round. Teammate Jake Jewell, a former Norman standout, was selected in the fifth round (No. 149) by the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. MLB.com called Deetz and Jewell the best arms available in the draft out of Oklahoma. Outfielder Ramon Laureano and shortstop Brad Antchak were also selected from NEO.
Oklahoma City University lefty Michael Nolan was taken in the 18th round by the Oakland A’s. Nolan was the Stars’ third pitcher selected, after Brad Wieck and Chris Pike were picked on Friday.
Fellow NAIA school Oklahoma Baptist also had three players selected with shortstop Osvaldo Vela going in the 21st round to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
A total of 44 players with an Oklahoma connection were selected over the three-day draft. … Texas-Arlington junior Ryan Bottger, a Bethany native, was picked by the Houston Astros in the 12th round. … The Cincinnati Reds took former Choctaw pitcher Dalton Viner in the 32nd round. … Left-handed pitcher Cole Way, Tulsa’s punter and the younger brother of former OU punter Tress Way, was selected in the 38th round by the Kansas City Royals. Cole Way has never played collegiate baseball. … Oral Roberts had one player picked on Saturday and three overall. … Junior colleges Western State (2), Connors State (2), Redlands (1), and Eastern State (1) and Bacone (1) of the NAIA each had at least one player selected.