Four from state schools, including a former Connors State Cowboy, were plucked in Tuesday’s session of the MLB draft.
Oklahoma State junior pitcher Logan Gragg went to St. Louis in the eighth round, the 245th pick overall. Fellow Cowboy junior Peyton Battenfield went in the ninth round to Houston, the 286th pick.
In between Oklahoma junior pitcher Nathan Wiles went to Tampa Bay three picks after Gragg at 248, then Oral Roberts junior first baseman Spender Henson was grabbed by the New York Yankees in the ninth round, one ahead of Battenfield.
Wiles threw 83 strikeouts to 18 walks and maintained a 4.40 earned-run average through 15 starts.
Gragg has made 23 appearances, 19 of those in relief, in his first season with the Cowboys in 2019 after spending the previous two seasons at Connors State. He owns a 3-3 record with two saves and a 5.26 ERA, and in 39 1/3 innings during his time at OSU, the right-hander has posted 35 strikeouts.
Battenfield has been dominant out of the bullpen in 27 outings this season. The righty is 4-3 with five saves and a 2.91 ERA, and he leads the Cowboys with 71 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings of work.
Henson led the Summit League in nearly every offensive category behind a .362 batting average, 19 home runs, 51 RBI, 46 runs scored and 51 walks. His 19 home runs was eighth in ORU single-season history.