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Six Razorbacks Selected on Day Two of MLB Draft

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The next-most selections in the 2021 MLB Draft now belongs to the Arkansas Razorbacks.

6 Hogs heard their names named on Day Two of the MLB’s very first-year player draft, which bundled rounds 2-10. Pitcher Kevin Kopps, the 2021 Dick Howser Trophy winner and recent Golden Spikes Award finalist, led the way for Arkansas with his 3rd-round choice (No. 99 all round) by the San Diego Padres.

As faculty baseball’s most dominant pitcher, Kopps concluded the 2021 campaign with a 12-1 history and 11 will save. He posted the nation’s cheapest Period (.90) and WHIP (.76), putting out 131 in 89 2/3 innings of perform. Opposing hitters had a .162 normal towards the appropriate-hander, who established the program’s solitary-season file for Era throughout his historic yr.

Outfielder Christian Franklin went to the Chicago Cubs in the fourth round (No. 123 in general) right before pitcher Ryan Costeiu was picked up by the Los Angeles Angels in the seventh round (No. 201st all round). Catcher Casey Opitz and pitcher Patrick Wicklander ended up selected in the eighth spherical by the Cubs (No. 244 all round) and Tampa Bay Rays (No. 251 in general), respectively.

Franklin heads to the Cubs corporation soon after slashing .274/.420/.544 with 13 household runs and 54 RBI all through the 2021 marketing campaign. The outfielder also hit 15 doubles and two triples, swiping a workforce-ideal 11 bases on the year although playing elite defense in center.

Costeiu, meanwhile, struck out 40 in 30. innings of work out of the bullpen this earlier period. The appropriate-hander, who made 26 appearances and posted an 8-3 record, held opposing hitters to a .198 batting common.

Opitz will be a part of Franklin with the Cubs firm after slashing .257/.367/.346 in 2021. The Razorback captain swatted two homers and drove in 18 runs though providing sturdy protection powering the plate.

Wicklander emerged as the Razorbacks’ No. 1 starter after starting the 12 months out of the bullpen. The left-hander, who was identified with Kind 1 diabetic issues prior to the period, concluded with a 7-1 record and 2.09 Era in 77 2/3 innings of operate, punching out 85 batters while limiting opposing hitters to a .226 typical.

Pitcher Lael Lockhart rounded out Monday’s haul of Razorback draftees. The left-hander was scooped up by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round with the No. 282 overall choose.

Lockhart, a graduate transfer from Houston, was Arkansas’ typical Sunday starter this past year, pitching to a 3-3 document with a 4.47 Era. The lefty struck out 68 in 58.1 innings and arrived within just an out of tossing the to start with perfect video game in program history from Ga at the SEC Event.

The Hogs had 4 pitchers chosen in the draft’s very first 10 rounds for only the second time in software record. Arkansas also achieved the feat for the duration of the 2019 draft when Isaiah Campbell (CBB, No. 76 over-all – Seattle Mariners), Matt Cronin (fourth spherical, No. 123 overall – Washington Nationals), Jacob Kostyshock (eighth round, No. 249 in general – Colorado Rockies) and Cody Scroggins (ninth spherical, No. 287 over-all – Boston Pink Sox) all went in the very first 10 rounds.

By means of the very first two times of the 2021 MLB Draft, three Razorback signees have been chosen, like one in yesterday’s to start with spherical. Infielder Max Muncy was drafted by the Oakland Athletics (to start with round, No. 25 over-all) Sunday ahead of infielder Jordan Viars (3rd spherical, No. 84 overall – Philadelphia Phillies) and pitcher/outfielder Drew Gray (3rd round, No. 93 overall – Chicago Cubs) read their names called Monday.

The MLB Draft concludes with rounds 11-20 tomorrow, setting up at 11 am CT with no hold off between picks.

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