Five More OSU Players Picked On Day Two Of MLB Draft
CORVALLIS, Ore. Five more Oregon State players were selected Wednesday during the second day of the Major League Baseball amateur draft. In all, nine Beavers were selected in the two-day, 50-round draft; that eclipsed OSU’s former high of six players going in the draft in 2004.
All nine will be available for OSU this weekend when the No. 8-ranked Beavers play host to Stanford in the NCAA Super Regionals at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Games are set for Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. and, if necessary, Monday at 4 p.m.
On Wednesday, outfielder Tyler Graham (Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS) went in the 19th round to the San Francisco Giants; he was the 566th player taken overall. Second baseman Chris Kunda (Philomath, Ore./Philomath HS) went in the 19th round to the New York Yankees; he was the 584th player taken overall. Third baseman Shea McFeely (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way HS, Tacoma CC) went in the 28th round to Arizona Diamondbacks; he was the 837th player taken overall. Catcher Mitch Canham (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens HS) went in the 41st round to St. Louis; he was the 1,246th player taken overall. Righthanded pitcher Jon Koller (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS, U. of California-Irvine) went in the 48th round to the New York Mets; he was the 1,435th player taken overall.
OSU had four players selected during the first day. Righthanded pitcher Dallas Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) went in the third round to the Arizona Diamondbacks; he was the 86th player taken overall. Outfielder Cole Gillespie (West Linn, Ore./West Linn HS) went in the third round to the Milwaukee Brewers; he was the 92nd player taken overall. Lefthanded pitcher Kevin Gunderson (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS) went in the fifth round to the Atlanta Braves; he was the 160th player taken overall. Righthanded pitcher Jonah Nickerson (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS) went in the seventh round to the Detroit Tigers; he was the 202nd player taken overall.
The four players going in the top seven rounds was also the highest any quartet of OSU players has ever been drafted. The previous best was in 1977, when four Beavers were picked in the top 11 rounds.