FAYETTEVILLE, Arche. – Two raised studs and the largest pinch hitter known to man.
Caden Monke, Elijah Trest and Charlie Welch all heard their names called on the third and final day of the 2021 MLB Draft, bringing Arkansas’ total number of selections to nine. The Hogs wrap up this year’s draft with the second pick of all college programs across the country as well as the best of any SEC school.
Monke’s selection kicked off Tuesday’s end-of-round action. The lanky southpaw, who posted a 5-1 record with a 3.71 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 34.0 innings of relief work during the 2021 campaign, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 14th round (n ° 409 in total).
Trest was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 19th round (No. 560 overall). The right-hander sat 15 in 14.1 innings out of the bullpen last season, with a 3.14 year ERA.
Welch was picked up by the Seattle Mariners four picks later (19th round, No. 564 overall). The extraordinary pinch hitter cut .388 / .494 / .821, hit eight homers and produced 25 runs while hitting .667 (8-for-12) in pinch-hitting situations during the campaign.
The Razorbacks’ nine rookies this year followed just UCLA’s 10. Pitcher Kevin Kopps (San Diego Padres – third round, # 99), outfielder Christian Franklin (Chicago Cubs – fourth round, # 123 overall), pitcher Ryan Costeiu (Los Angeles Angels – seventh round, # 201 au overall), wide receiver Casey Opitz (Chicago Cubs – eighth round, no 244) overall), pitcher Patrick Wicklander (Tampa Bay Rays – eighth round, no 251 overall) and pitcher Lael Lockhart (Los Angeles Dodgers – ninth round , no. 282 in total) were all selected on the second day.
The six Arkansas pitchers taken (Kopps, Costeiu, Wicklander, Lockhart, Monke and Trest) are the most the program has ever selected in the first 20 rounds of the MLB Draft.
Arkansas’ nine overall picks, meanwhile, topped the SEC, which led all conferences with 67 overall picks. South Carolina (8), Florida (7), Tennessee (7), Vanderbilt (7), Alabama (5), Mississippi State (5), Auburn (4), Texas A&M (4), Kentucky (3), Ole Miss (3), Georgia (2), LSU (2) and Missouri (1) all followed behind the Hogs.
Two other incoming signatories also heard their names called on Tuesday, bringing Arkansas’ total to five. Outfielder Braylon Bishop was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 14th round (No. 403 overall), and infielder Drake Varnado was picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 17th round (No. 498 overall). ).
Signers Max Muncy (Oakland Athletics – first round, No.25 overall), Jordan Viars (Philadelphia Phillies – third round, No.84 overall) and Drew Gray (Chicago Cubs – third round, No.93 overall) are went earlier in the draft.