FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The second-most alternatives within the 2021 MLB Draft at present belongs to the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Six Hogs heard their names known as on Day Two of the MLB’s first-year participant draft, which included rounds 2-10. Pitcher Kevin Kopps, the 2021 Dick Howser Trophy winner and present Golden Spikes Award finalist, led the best way for Arkansas along with his third-round choice (No. 99 total) by the San Diego Padres.
As school baseball’s most dominant pitcher, Kopps completed the 2021 marketing campaign with a 12-1 report and 11 saves. He posted the nation’s lowest ERA (0.90) and WHIP (0.76), putting out 131 in 89 2/3 innings of labor. Opposing hitters had a .162 common towards the right-hander, who set this system’s single-season report for ERA throughout his historic 12 months.
Outfielder Christian Franklin went to the Chicago Cubs within the fourth spherical (No. 123 total) earlier than pitcher Ryan Costeiu was picked up by the Los Angeles Angels within the seventh spherical (No. 201st total). Catcher Casey Opitz and pitcher Patrick Wicklander have been chosen within the eighth spherical by the Cubs (No. 244 total) and Tampa Bay Rays (No. 251 total), respectively.
Franklin heads to the Cubs group after slashing .274/.420/.544 with 13 house runs and 54 RBI through the 2021 marketing campaign. The outfielder additionally hit 15 doubles and two triples, swiping a team-best 11 bases on the 12 months whereas enjoying elite protection in middle.
Costeiu, in the meantime, struck out 40 in 30.0 innings of labor out of the bullpen this previous season. The proper-hander, who made 26 appearances and posted an 8-3 report, held opposing hitters to a .198 batting common.
Opitz will be part of Franklin with the Cubs group after slashing .257/.367/.346 in 2021. The Razorback captain swatted two homers and drove in 18 runs whereas offering sturdy protection behind the plate.
Wicklander emerged because the Razorbacks’ No. 1 starter after starting the 12 months out of the bullpen. The left-hander, who was recognized with Sort 1 diabetes previous to the season, completed with a 7-1 report and a couple of.09 ERA in 77 2/3 innings of labor, punching out 85 batters whereas limiting opposing hitters to a .226 common.
Pitcher Lael Lockhart rounded out Monday’s haul of Razorback draftees. The left-hander was scooped up by the Los Angeles Dodgers within the ninth spherical with the No. 282 total choose.
Lockhart, a graduate switch from Houston, was Arkansas’ common Sunday starter this previous season, pitching to a 3-3 report with a 4.47 ERA. The lefty struck out 68 in 58.1 innings and got here inside an out of tossing the primary good recreation in program historical past towards Georgia on the SEC Match.
The Hogs had 4 pitchers chosen within the draft’s first 10 rounds for under the second time in program historical past. Arkansas additionally achieved the feat through the 2019 draft when Isaiah Campbell (CBB, No. 76 total – Seattle Mariners), Matt Cronin (fourth spherical, No. 123 total – Washington Nationals), Jacob Kostyshock (eighth spherical, No. 249 total – Colorado Rockies) and Cody Scroggins (ninth spherical, No. 287 total – Boston Crimson Sox) all went within the first 10 rounds.
Via the primary two days of the 2021 MLB Draft, three Razorback signees have been chosen, together with one in yesterday’s first spherical. Infielder Max Muncy was drafted by the Oakland Athletics (first spherical, No. 25 total) Sunday earlier than infielder Jordan Viars (third spherical, No. 84 total – Philadelphia Phillies) and pitcher/outfielder Drew Grey (third spherical, No. 93 total – Chicago Cubs) heard their names known as Monday.
The MLB Draft concludes with rounds 11-20 tomorrow, beginning at 11 am CT with no delay between alternatives.
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