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
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
63 Dillon Overton, Oklahoma, LHP, Oakland A’s
123 Andrew Mitchell, TCU, RHP, Chicago White Sox
138 Trey Masek, Texas Tech, RHP, Chicago Cubs
146 Jared King, Kansas State, Of, New York Mets
206 Matt Oberste, Oklahoma, 1B/DH, New York Mets
291 Ross Kivett, Kansas State, 2B, Cleveland Indians
329 Erich Weiss, Texas, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates
349 Billy Waltrip, Oklahoma, LHP, Colorado Rockies
362 Trevor Seidenberger, LHP, Milwaukee Brewers
453 Andre Wheeler, Texas Tech, LHP, Chicago White Sox
467 Dillon Newman, Baylor, RHP, Houston Astros
471 Mark Payton, Texas, OF, Cleveland Indians
517 Cal Towey, Baylor, 3B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
531 Paul Hendrix, TCU, SS, Cleveland Indians
532 Max Garner, Baylor, RHP, Miami Marlins
624 Shane Conlon, Kansas State, 1B, Kansas City Royals
644 Ethan Carnes, Oklahoma, LHP, New York Yankees
664 Jake Fisher, Oklahoma, LHP, Los angeles Dodgers
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
707 Nathan Thornhill, Texas, RHP, Houston Astros
713 Jantzen Witte, TCU, 3B, Boston Red Sox
784 Thomas Taylor, Kansas, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
810 Jake Miller, Baylor, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
834 Kevin Kuntz, Kansas, SS, Kansas City Royals
844 Crayton Bare, Baylor, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
882 Ryan Tuntland, West Virginia, 3B, San Francisco Giants
932 Tanner Poppe, Kansas, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
991 Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies
995 Nicholas Frey, TCU, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
1018 Sean Carley, West Virginia, RHP, San Diego Padres
1074 Ryan McBroom, West Virginia, 1B, Kansas City Royals
1161 Frank Duncan, Kansas, RHP, Cleveland Indians
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