Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz Round Out Day's Draftees

Scott Schultz was the 5th Oregon St. player drafted in this year's MLB draft, in the 10th round. - (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. pitchers Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz rounded out the days' draftees, which saw 4 Beavers drafted, making it 5 in the first 10 rounds.

Wetzler, who turned down a 5th round offer from Philadelphia after last season, appears to have been punished for his being punished in the agent controversy that would up putting the Phillies organization under scrutiny as well, as despite an All-American as well as All-Pac-12 season, in which he went 12-1, with 4 complete games, including 3 in a row at the end of the season, and had an ERA of 0.78, lowest of any regular starter in the country, he fell to the 9th round, before Miami took him, with the 257th overall pick.

Wetzler will be headed east, as the Marlins' minor league affiliates are mostly in the southeast, including New Orleans, Jacksonville, Jupiter (FL), and Greensboro, with their short-season single A team in Batavia, New York.

Schultz was drafted in the 10th round, by the Arizona Diamondbacks, with the 300th pick overall.

Schultz, normally Oregon St.'s closer, but also a sometimes long reliever, also made 5 starts, including a complete game 2 hit shutout in the Corvallis Regional against UC-Irvine, a 2-0 win that forced a deciding 7th game in the regional.

Schultz could wind up staying in state, at least initially, as the Diamondbacks' short season single A team is the HIllsboro Hops.

The steps up the ladder include Missoula, South Bend, Visalia, Mobile, and then back to the west, with the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League the AAA affiliate.

Along with Michael Conforto yesterday in the first round, and Dylan Davis and Jace Fry earlier today in the third round, Oregon St. had more players selected in the first 10 rounds than any other school except Miami, which also had 5 players drafted, and Virginia, which had 6 selected.

Oregon State also had three of their incoming recruits drafted on Friday.

Max George, from Regis Jesuit High in Parker, Colorado, was selected in the sixth round by the Colorado Rockies with the 173rd overall pick.

In-state shortstop Trace Loehr from Rex Putnam High was taken in the sixth round, with the 192nd overall pick by the Oakland A's.

Grant Heyman, a junior college player from the College of Southern Nevada also went to the Arizona Diamondbacks, in the eighth round, with the 240th pick overall.

All players with college eligibility have until July 18 to sign, or decide to attend school.

The remaining 30 rounds of the draft take place tomorrow.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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