2018 MLB Draft: 6 Pac-12 players selected in first two rounds
Check back throughout the opening round of the 2018 MLB Draft Monday night to see which Pac-12 players come off the board in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Round 1 / No. 4 overall: Nick Madrigal
The 2017 Pac-12 Player of the Year was the first member of the Conference of Champions to be drafted on Monday. Madrigal heard his name called with the fourth overall pick by the Chicago White Sox and becomes the highest Beaver ever taken in the MLB Draft, surpassing Michael Conforto's 10th overall selection in 2014 by the New York Mets.
The Elk Grove, California, native is a model of consistency at the plate, hitting .370 with 38 doubles and 101 RBIs over 141 games played in an OSU uniform. This season he's doing his best Ted Williams impression, batting .406 with 32 RBIs after coming back from injury to play in 32 games this season.
The White Sox get a second baseman who's solid in the field, winning the 2017 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award. Madrigal becomes the fifth OSU player all-time to be drafted by the Southsiders and the first since Jace Frye went in 2014.
Round 1 / No. 20 overall: Trevor Larnach
The conference's regular-season RBI leader is heading to the Minnesota Twins. Larnach, who hit 17 of his career 20 home runs this season, tallied a career batting average of .298 with 30 doubles and 116 RBIs.
A junior named an All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, the Pleasant Hill, California, native becomes part of the Twins organization after being named an All-Pac-12 first-team selection. He's also coming off a Corvallis Regional All-Tournament Team selection this past weekend as the Beavers advance to the Super Regionals where they'll host, ironically, the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Larnach is the fifth Beav all-time to be selected by the Twins and first since Caleb Hamilton was taken in the 23rd round two years ago.
Round 1 / No. 24 overall: Nico Hoerner
The first non-OSU player to be selected was the Cardinal's Nico Hoerner 24th overall by the Chicago Cubs. The junior is a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation's top shortstop. The Oakland, California native can flash the leather, making just eight errors in 217 chances for a fielding percentage of .969.
This season Grenier batted .349 this season with 44 runs scored. He was able to manufacture some of those with 15 stolen bases, good enough for second in the Pac-12. The Cardinal will look to help bolster the middle of the diamond for the Cubs in the years to come.
Compensatory Round A / No. 37 overall: Cadyn Grenier
Back to the Beavs as the Baltimore Orioles selected Grenier, an infielder with the 37th ooverall pick. Grenier is hitting .328 this season with 16 doubles, two triples, five homers and 44 RBIs. The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year this season, Grenier is one of five finalists for the Brooks Wallace award, given annually to the nation's top shortstop.
Grenier's selection gives Oregon State three players in the first round, surpassing 2007 as the most in a single season. That year, the Beavers had Mitch Canham and Eddie Kunz land in the opening round.
Compensatory Round A / No. 40 overall: Kris Bubic
The hard-throwing left-hander was the second Cardinal to go off the board — No. 40 to the Kansas City Royals — after posting a 2.62 ERA this season on The Farm. He struck out 101 batters over 86 innings of work.
Bubic was widely considered one of the top southpaws in this year's MLB Draft as he can touch 95 mph with his fastball, no small feat. Entering the night, MLBPipeline.com had Bubic as the No. 49 player in the class.
Compensatory Round B / No. 71 overall: Tanner Dodson
A successful two-way player in Berkeley, Dodson was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. He's exclusively appeared out of the bullpen for the Golden Bears this season.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander could either be a reliever or a starter at the next level after finishing the regular season with a 2.47 ERA over 40 innings of work.
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