MLB Draft notebook: OU's Matt Oberste selected in seventh round by New York Mets

Yukon catcher Jonathan Denney goes to Boston, OU quarterback Cody Thomas still available
by Ryan Aber and John Helsley and Jason Kersey Published: June 7, 2013
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photo - COLLEGE BASEBALL / NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT: Infielder Matt Oberste comes out to speak to the media as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooner baseball team prepares for the NCAA Regional Baseball tournament on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE BASEBALL / NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT: Infielder Matt Oberste comes out to speak to the media as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooner baseball team prepares for the NCAA Regional Baseball tournament on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Matt Oberste was boarding the bus for Oklahoma's Game 1 against LSU on Friday when he found he'd been drafted.

His informant, with love: mom.

“I was excited, because my mom texted me,” said Oberste, who was taken with the 10th pick in the seventh round by the New York Mets.

“That's how I found out, as we were getting on the bus to come to the stadium.”

Oberste was OU's third player drafted, following first-rounder Jonathan Gray and second-rounder Dillon Overton, both taken on Thursday's opening day of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.

“It feels great,” Oberste said. “I've never been drafted before.”

The Sooner first baseman said that going to the Mets is a bit of a dream come true.

“They've been my favorite team,” he said. “It's the weirdest thing. David Wright is my favorite player. He's a third baseman, wears No. 5.

And when I was younger, I was a third baseman and wore 5.

“To be in that organization now is just great.”

DENNEY'S WAIT ENDS

Yukon's Jonathan Denney was one of eight prospects invited to Secaucus, N.J., to attend the start of the draft Thursday night.

Then he waited. And waited.

And when the night was over, he still hadn't been drafted.

So Friday, the standout catcher packed up and headed for home, and was one of the last people to know he'd been drafted – by the Boston Red Sox with the No. 81 overall pick in the third round – after he landed on a flight back to Oklahoma City, about an hour after his selection.

Denney seemed thrilled with the way things turned out.

“I have been a Red Sox fan my whole life,” Denney posted on Twitter. “Ever since I started watching MLB baseball.”

Denney is signed with Arkansas, yet still seems likely to sign with Boston. He hit .459 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs as a senior.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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