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MLB Draft Recap

Plenty of Cowboys heard their names called this past week.

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The MLB Draft concluded and several Cowboys and Oklahoma State commits heard their names called. So let’s take a look starting with the high school players.

Four commits were drafted this year.

  • Third baseman Ryan Vilade was taken in the second round with the 48th pick by the Colorado Rockies. The Stillwater High School player will forgo his college career and begin his professional career this summer.
  • Southmoore High School outfielder Conner Uselton was called in the Competitive Balance Round B with the 78th overall pick. Uselton is expected to go straight to the pros with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Outfielder Mason House from Whitehouse High School (TX) is also expected to forgo his college career after being drafted 78th overall in the third round by the San Diego Pirates.
  • The final drafted high schooler, catcher Jake Taylor from Shawnee High School, was taken in with the 740th pick in the 25th round and will be sticking with his college commitment and begin his career with Oklahoma State in the fall.

Six current and former Cowboys were taken in the draft this year as well.

  • Senior pitchers Tyler Buffett and Trey Cobb were taken in the 6th (167) and 8th (247) rounds respectively. Buffett will be joining the Cincinnati Reds while Cobb will be joining the New York Mets.
  • All-American junior and Big 12 Tournament MVP Garrett McCain was drafted in the 10th round (305) by the Detroit Tigers. It is currently unknown if McCain will begin his professional career or return to Stillwater for his senior season.
  • Pitcher Blake Battenfield is in a similar boat after being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 17th round (507).
  • Junior third baseman Garrett Benge will begin his pro career after being taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 13th Round (401).
  • Lastly, sophomore pitcher Carson Teel announced that he will be returning to continue his college experience after being drafted in the 37th round (1121) by the Boston Red Sox.

Congratulations to all the draftees and good luck at the next level!