Jun 7, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners pitcher Jonathan Gray (22) pitches against the LSU Tigers in the third inning during the Baton Rouge super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Produces 38 Prospects in 2013 Major League Draft

In the event you missed it, more than 1,200 prospects were drafted in the 40 rounds of the 2013 Major League Baseball first-year player draft. A total of 39 of those prospects were collegiate ballplayers from the Big 12 Conference.

Historically speaking, this was not a banner year for players drafted from the Big 12. In fact, the 38 Big 12 selections was the third fewest in the 17-year history of the conference. The low mark for players drafted since the Big 12 has been in existence is 36 in 2001. The second fewest was 37 in 1997, the first year the newly merged league participated in the MLB Draft.

Oklahoma pitching ace Jonathan Gray was the first Big 12 player selected in this year’s draft. Gray was taken No. 3 overall by the Colorado Rockies. Gray is the second highest draft pick in Big 12 history and the third highest Sooner taken in the baseball draft all-time. The right-handed power pitcher was 10-3 for the Sooners this season and was second in the country with 138 strikeouts.

One other Big 12 player, right-handed pitcher Jason Hursh of Oklahoma State, was a first-round pick. The OSU starter went 31st overall, the top pick of the National League Atlanta Braves, known for their development of young pitchers. Hursh missed all of the 2012 season after Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He returned this season, pitching 106 innings, with an ERA of 2.79 in 16 starts for the Cowboys.

The Big 12 has had two or more first-round draft selections in 11 of its 17 seasons and 36 first-round picks overall.

Corey Knebel of Texas ranks second in Big 12 history in career saves with 37 and second in Longhorn history, trailing former Texas closer Huston Street by four saves. Knebel was taken 39th overall by the Detroit Tigers in between the first and second rounds of the draft in what is known as the competitive-balance round. Knebel was the National College Baseball Writers‘ Stopper of the Year in 2011 and Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman of the Year that same year.

Oklahoma and TCU had the most players drafted, both with six picks overall. Baylor and Kansas had five each. Here are some other interesting breakdowns pertaining to the Big 12 and the 2013 MLB Draft:

  • Twenty-three of the 30 major-league teams picked at least one Big 12 player in this draft
  • The Cleveland Indians led all major league teams, drafting four Big 12 players from four different schools (TCU, Texas, Kansas and Kansas State).
  • The Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies each drafted three players from the Big 12.
  • Seven MLB teams did not draft any Big 12 players (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals).
  • Pitchers were easily the most prized position among Big 12 draftees, particularly those who throw from the right side. Twenty-three of the 38 players taken from the Big 12 were pitchers (15 right-handers and 8 southpaws).
  • Third base and shortstop were the second most popular position drafted from Big 12 schools. There were four players selected at each position.
  • The most Big 12 players drafted in a single season was 60 in 2007 and 58 in 2006.

All-time, the Big 12 has produced a total of 812 draft selections.

Complete List of Big 12 Players Selected in 2013 MLB Draft

Round 1

3rd overall    Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma, RHP, Colorado Rockies

31                   Jason Hursch, Oklahoma State, RHP, Atlanta Braves

Competitive Balance Round

39                  Corey Knebel, Texas, RHP, Detroit Tigers

Round 2

63                 Dillon Overton, Oklahoma, LHP, Oakland A’s

Round 4

123              Andrew Mitchell, TCU, RHP, Chicago White Sox

Round 5

138             Trey Masek, Texas Tech, RHP, Chicago Cubs

146             Jared King, Kansas State, Of, New York Mets

Round 7

206            Matt Oberste, Oklahoma, 1B/DH, New York Mets

Round 10

291            Ross Kivett, Kansas State, 2B, Cleveland Indians

Round 11

329           Erich Weiss, Texas, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

Round 12

349          Billy Waltrip, Oklahoma, LHP, Colorado Rockies

362          Trevor Seidenberger, LHP, Milwaukee Brewers

Round 15

453          Andre Wheeler, Texas Tech, LHP, Chicago White Sox

Round 16

467         Dillon Newman, Baylor, RHP, Houston Astros

471         Mark Payton, Texas, OF, Cleveland Indians

Round 17

517         Cal Towey, Baylor, 3B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Round 18

531         Paul Hendrix, TCU, SS, Cleveland Indians

532        Max Garner, Baylor, RHP, Miami Marlins

Round 21

624        Shane Conlon, Kansas State, 1B, Kansas City Royals

644        Ethan Carnes, Oklahoma, LHP, New York Yankees

Round 22

664        Jake Fisher, Oklahoma, LHP, Los angeles Dodgers

Round 23

679        Jerad McCrumman, Texas Tech, RHP, Colorado Rockies

690       Randy McCurry, Oklahoma State, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

695       Alex DeLeon, Kansas, C, St. Louis Cardinals

699       Stefan Crichton, PHP, Baltimore Orioles

Round 24

707       Nathan Thornhill, Texas, RHP, Houston Astros

713        Jantzen Witte, TCU, 3B, Boston Red Sox

Round 26

784       Thomas Taylor, Kansas, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Round 27

810       Jake Miller, Baylor, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks

Round 28

834      Kevin Kuntz, Kansas, SS, Kansas City Royals

844      Crayton Bare, Baylor, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Round 29

882      Ryan Tuntland, West Virginia, 3B, San Francisco Giants

Round 31

932      Tanner Poppe, Kansas, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers

Round 33

991      Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies

995      Nicholas Frey, TCU, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

Round 34

1018    Sean Carley, West Virginia, RHP, San Diego Padres

Round 36

1074    Ryan McBroom, West Virginia, 1B, Kansas City Royals

Round 38

1161     Frank Duncan, Kansas, RHP, Cleveland Indians

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