2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft In Review: Oregon State Style
June 11, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft has come and gone and six Oregon State baseball players found themselves selected over the three days. Additionally, five OSU recruits, both in football and baseball, saw themselves selected.
Oregon State selections included: Ryan Ortiz (6th round - Oakland), Jorge Reyes (17th round - San Diego), Kraig Sitton (17th round - Boston), Joey Wong (24th round - Colorado), Greg Peavey (32nd round - Houston) and Adalberto Santos (35th round - San Diego).
Oregon State recruits selected included: Kyrell Hudson (3rd round - Philadelphia), Andrew Susac (16th round - Philadelphia), Tony Bryant (25th round - Minnesota), Jordan Poyer (42nd round - Florida) and Jeff Ames (46th round - Philadelphia).
The draft spanned 50 rounds with 1,421 selections made, and 11 players with ties to Oregon State were selected. Below are notes on the 2009 MLB Draft with an Oregon State flavor.
- Oregon State has now had at least one player selected in the last 17 years, which includes all 15 years under head coach Pat Casey. The last year not to see an OSU player selected was 1992. The Beavers have had at least one player selected in every year of the draft except 1992, 1985, 1979, 1978, 1976, 1973 and 1972.
- The Beavers have had multiple draft selections in each of the last nine seasons.
- Oregon State has seen 62 different draft selections in Casey's 15 years. That averages out to more than four per season. More than half of those 62, 31, have been pitchers.
- In the last five drafts alone, since the Beavers' 2005 appearance at the College World Series, there have been 34 different selections of Oregon State players.
- Ortiz's selection by Oakland made him the first Beaver to be taken by the Athletics since Mike Gorman in 1982, spanning 27 years.
- Both Adalberto Santos and Jorge Reyes were selected by San Diego, giving the Beavers multiple draft selections by the same team in the same year for just the sixth time. Most recently, that happened in 2007 when Daniel Turpen and Joe Paterson were both taken by San Francisco.
- The two selections by the Padres makes it four for Oregon State with San Diego over the last three seasons. Prior to 2007, when Mitch Canham was taken in the first round, an OSU player had not been selected by San Diego since Josh Carter in 2001.
- Ortiz, Reyes and Sitton all were selected by MLB clubs for the first time. Wong, Peavey and Santos were selected for the second time.
- Joey Wong is a native of Salem and was selected in the 24th round. That makes it seven straight years in which an Oregon native and an Oregon State player has been selected in the draft.
- For the first time since 2005, an Oregon State player failed to be drafted in consecutive seasons.
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