Texas Tech led all teams with nine picks, while Texas A&M tallied eight and Baylor recorded six. The Big 12 had 18 picks through the draft's first 15 rounds. Over 16 years, the Conference has recorded 746 draftees.
All-American pitcher Andrew Heaney (Oklahoma State) was chosen by the Miami Marlins with the ninth overall pick, while Tyler Naquin (Texas A&M) went to the Cleveland Indians with the 15th overall pick. Teammate Michael Wacha was selected 19th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Additionally, Barrett Barnes (Texas Tech) was selected with the 45th pick in the supplemental first round. Including supplemental first round picks, this is the second-most picks by the league in the opening round of the draft. The Conference also tallied four in ‘06 and five in ‘04.
The Big 12 has had at least one first round draft pick in each of the past 10 years and has totaled 33 first rounders overall. This marks the sixth time the Conference has had multiple first round selections (picks 1-31). The Big 12 recorded three selections in the first round on only two other occasions (2006 - Drew Stubbs, Max Scherzer and Kyle McCulloch; 2004 - David Purcey, Josh Fields and J.P. Howell).
Heaney becomes the second Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in a row to be drafted in the first round after Taylor Jungmann was selected 12th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011. His ninth overall selection ties for the fourth highest pick in Big 12 history (Aaron Crow, Missouri, 2008).
A junior left-hander for the Cowboys, Heaney is the highest OSU draft pick since Monty Fariss went No. 6 to Texas in 1988, and he is the third-highest selection for the program behind Fariss and Robbie Wine (No. 8 by Houston in 1983). He is the 12th first round draft pick in OSU history and first since Matt Mangini and Corey Brown were selected in the supplemental first round in 2007.
"I'm very excited and so happy - words can't explain it," Heaney said. "Hopefully one day I'll be (in Miami) helping them out."
In three seasons at OSU, Heaney has made 51 appearances, including 34 starts, and is 20-10 with a 3.19 ERA. He ranks ninth on the Cowboys' career strikeouts list with 246, is tied for fifth with three shutouts and is 10th with 251.2 innings pitched.
Heaney, a native of Oklahoma City who was previously drafted by Tampa Bay in the 24th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, led OSU in wins in each of his three seasons in Stillwater. As a junior, he turned in a career year in 2012 and was named the 2012 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team performer. He is a finalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy.
In 15 starts in 2012, Heaney was 8-2 with a 1.60 ERA. He tossed six complete games, including three shutouts, and racked up an NCAA-leading 140 strikeouts in 118.1 innings of work. Opponents hit just .180 against him. Heaney recorded eight or more strikeouts in 12 of his 15 appearances. He was the first OSU pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts in a season since Matt Smith racked up 114 in 2000, and his 140 punch outs were the fifth most in a single season in OSU history. Among Big 12 pitchers in 2012, Heaney ranks first in ERA, strikeouts, shutouts, complete games and opponent batting average.
The 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, Naquin finished second in the league with a .380 batting average while pacing the Aggies in runs (56), hits (92), doubles (18) and triples (6). Naquin also notched three home runs with 49 RBI and stole a career-best 21 bases. The Spring, Texas, product ended the season with 238 career hits during his three-year A&M career to place him 11th all-time in program history. He also ranks fifth in triples (13) and eighth in doubles (49).
Moving into the Friday night starter's role for the Aggies, Wacha went undefeated during the regular season. He won his first eight decisions to garner All-America accolades for the second straight year. The Texarkana, Texas-native finished the season with a 9-1 record and 2.06 ERA, the lowest among Texas A&M starters. He recorded a complete game shutout at Pepperdine on March 23 when he took a perfect game into the eighth inning. Wacha finished 2012 with 27 career wins to rank in a tie for sixth all-time at Texas A&M. Additionally, Wacha became one of only four Aggie pitchers to surpass the 300-career strikeout mark.
Barnes becomes just the second Red Raider in school history to be drafted in the first round while becoming the third highest drafted Texas Tech player in program history.
Barnes, a three-time All-Big 12 selection and preseason All-American, led Texas Tech and ranked among the Big 12 leaders in numerous offensive statistical categories while batting .325 (67-for-206) with 17 double, six triples, nine home runs and 49 RBI with 19-of-20 stolen bases.
2012 MLB DRAFT - BIG 12 SELECTIONS
|9||Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State||LHP||Miami Marlins|
|15||Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M||OF||Cleveland Indians|
|19||Michael Wacha, Texas A&M||RHP||St. Louis Cardinals|
|45||Barrett Barnes, Texas Tech||OF||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|138||Steven Okert, Oklahoma||LHP||San Francisco Giants|
|169||Max Muncy, Baylor||1B||Oakland Athletics|
|176||Ross Stripling, Texas A&M||RHP||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|179||Blake Brown, Missouri||OF||Atlanta Braves|
|185||Damien Magnifico, Oklahoma||RHP||Milwaukee Brewers|
|214||Jordan John, Oklahoma||LHP||Detroit Tigers|
|248||Hoby Milner, Texas||LHP||Philadelphia Phillies|
|278||Josh Ludy, Baylor||C||Philadelphia Phillies|
|281||Jamodrick McGruder, Texas Tech||2B||Seattle Mariners|
|353||Logan Vick, Baylor||OF||Cleveland Indians|
|357||Jonathan Walsh, Texas||OF||Los Angeles Angels|
|426||Sam Stafford, Texas||LHP||Texas Rangers|
|439||Shane Broyles, Texas Tech||RHP||Colorado Rockies|
|476||Duke von Schamann, Texas Tech||RHP||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|514||Josh Turley, Baylor||LHP||Detroit Tigers|
|629||Eric Garcia, Missouri||SS||Atlanta Braves|
|633||Jacob House, Texas A&M||1B||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|637||Mikey Reynolds, Texas A&M||SS||New York Yankees|
|640||Bo Altobelli, Texas Tech||C||Minnesota Twins|
|658||Ben Turner, Missouri||C||San Francisco Giants|
|722||Reid Redman, Texas Tech||2B||Tampa Bay Rays|
|724||Drew Harrison, Oklahoma||RHP||Detriot Tigers|
|737||Matt Juengel, Texas A&M||3B||Miami Marlins|
|739||Kayvon Bahramzadeh, Kansas State||RHP||Oakland Athletics|
|744||Kevin Dicharry, Texas||RHP||Washington Nationals|
|753||Mark Ginther, Oklahoma State||3B||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|776||Daniel Coulombe, Texas Tech||LHP||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|821||Blake Holovach, Missouri||LHP||Seattle Mariners|
|824||Tyler Bremer, Baylor||RHP||Chicago Cubs|
|837||Wade Hinkle, Kansas State||1B||Los Angeles Angels|
|864||Hunter Bailey, Oklahoma State||SS||Washington Nationals|
|865||Dan Klein, Kansas State||C||Toronto Blue Jays|
|887||Blake Barnes, Oklahoma State||RHP||Miami Marlins|
|897||Caleb Bushyhead, Oklahoma||SS||Los Angeles Angels|
|909||John Neely, Texas Tech||RHP||Houston Astros|
|918||Trent Blank, Baylor||RHP||Colorado Rockies|
|921||Jake Brown, Kansas State||SS||Chicago White Sox|
|933||Chase Stevens, Oklahoma State||RHP||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|941||Rusty Shellhorn, Texas Tech||LHP||Seattle Mariners|
|1035||Kyle Ottoson, Oklahoma State||LHP||San Diego Padres|
|1071||Kyle Martin, Texas A&M||RHP||Chicago White Sox|
|1222||Rafael Pineda, Texas A&M||RHP||Cincinnati Reds|