Three More Ducks Picked In MLB Draft
EUGENE, Ore. – Three more Oregon Ducks were picked in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday to give the team five drafted players. Junior Scott Heineman, sophomore Porter Clayton and senior Brando Tessar were selected today joining juniors Jake Reed and Tommy Thorpe who were picked on Friday.
Heineman (Pacific Palisades, Calif. / Crespi Carmelite HS) was drafted in the 19th round, the 573rd overall pick, by the Kansas City Royals as an outfielder despite playing in just eight games before having season-ending surgery. During the 2014 season, the Ducks starting third baseman started all eight games he played in batting .171 with two RBI and three stolen bases. As a sophomore in 2013, Heineman started in the outfield and batted .278 with four home runs, 38 RBI and 12 stolen bases and was named to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament team. He ranks ninth all-time at Oregon in stolen bases with 22. Heineman played in the prestigious Cape Cod League after his sophomore season and led the league in stolen bases and triples, while batting .304 with two home runs. He started the Cape Cod All-Star Game in center field.
Clayton (Idaho Falls, Idaho / Bonneville HS) was picked in the 21st round, the 632nd overall pick, by the New York Yankees. The left-handed pitcher, who missed the 2012 and 2013 seasons while serving a church mission, finished his sophomore season with a 2-1 record and a 4.46 ERA. He appeared in 20 games, making five starts, striking out 25 in 36.1 innings while allowing 27 hits and 26 walks. As a freshman in 2011, Clayton finished with a 0-1 record and a 5.94 ERA while appearing in 22 games with three stats.
Tessar (Simi Valley, Calif. / Chaminade Prep) was selected in the 25th round, the 750th overall pick, by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-handed pitcher finished the season with a 4-2 record and a 4.26 ERA while striking out 43 in 50.2 innings pitched with just nine walks. Tessar missed most of the 2013 season after suffering an injury midway through the 2012 campaign. He was a weekend starter for the Ducks before the injury and finally returned to that role late this season when he made his weekend debut against Arizona on May 4.
Oregon has now had 29 players drafted since 2009 with a total of 48 Ducks drafted all-time.