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Big 12 Totals 38 MLB Draft Picks Overall
June 08, 2013

The Big 12 totaled 38 draft selections in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Oklahoma and TCU led all teams with six picks overall, while Baylor and Kansas totaled five each.

In 17 years, the Big 12 has recorded a total of 812 selections.

Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray highlighted the Big 12’s four student-athletes selected on the first day of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The Colorado Rockies used their top pick on the 6-foot-4, 239-pound right-handed pitcher, who has a 10-2 record and 1.59 ERA this season. Oklahoma State pitcher Jason Hursh was also a first round pick, going 31st overall to the Atlanta Braves. This marks the second season the Cowboys have had a hurler selected in the first round. Texas closer Corey Knebel was the 39th overall pick by the Detroit Tigers. Gray’s teammate, Dillon Overton, was a second round choice by Oakland (63rd overall).

Gray becomes the second-highest pick in Big 12 history and the highest league pitcher selected all-time. Nebraska’s Alex Gordon was a No. 2 selection in 2005. Gray is the highest Sooner selected since the Texas Rangers took Bobby Witt third overall in 1985. He is the 18th Sooner drafted in the first round since 1967 and fourth in Sunny Golloway’s tenure as head coach at OU. 

The Big 12 has recorded multiple first round selections in 11 years and has totaled 36 first rounders overall.

"It feels great. I finally had the dream come true," Gray said. "My heart was beating so fast. Fortunately, my friends and family were all around me, supporting me. It’s a big relief for me because, tomorrow, I can focus on winning. It’s a great organization to be in. I’m definitely not scared to pitch in that ballpark at all."

Gray is second in the NCAA this season with 138 strikeouts. He is only the sixth Sooner to pitch back-to-back 100-strikeout seasons.

Hursh is coming off a sophomore season for the Cowboys in which he was an All-Big 12 Conference second team pick and was named to the Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List. The right-hander finished the season 6-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 16 starts. He tossed three complete games, worked 106.1 innings and racked up 86 strikeouts. As a freshman for the Cowboys in 2011, Hursh made 10 appearances, including four starts, and was 1-1 with a 2.73 ERA. The native Texan was forced to miss the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Knebel ranks tied for second on the Big 12 career saves list with 37, four shy of former Longhorn Huston Street’s record of 41. Knebel, who was the 2011 NCBWA Stopper of the Year and Collegiate Baseball’s 2011 Freshman Pitcher of the Year, owns a career ERA of 2.07 in 91 appearances at UT.

Overton has compiled a 23-9 record in his three years at Oklahoma. The junior southpaw is 9-2 on the season in 15 games and owns a 2.91 ERA with a pair of complete games. Overton was named an All-Big 12 second team selection this season and owns the Big 12 Championship record for most strikeouts at the event with his 15 over two games in 2012.


Pick Player, School Position Team
ROUND 1      
3 Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma RHP Colorado Rockies
31 Jason Hursh, Oklahoma State RHP Atlanta Braves
39 Corey Knebel, Texas RHP Detroit Tigers
ROUND 2      
63 Dillon Overton, Oklahoma LHP Oakland A's
ROUND 4      
123 Andrew Mitchell, TCU RHP Chicago White Sox
ROUND 5      
138 Trey Masek, Texas Tech RHP Chicago Cubs
146 Jared King, K-State OF New York Mets
ROUND 7      
206 Matt Oberste, Oklahoma 1B New York Mets
ROUND 10      
291 Ross Kivett, K-State 2B Cleveland Indians
ROUND 11      
329 Erich Weiss, Texas 3B Pittsburgh Pirates
ROUND 12      
349 Billy Waltrip, Oklahoma LHP Colorado Rockies
362 Trevor Seidenberger, TCU LHP Milwaukee Brewers
ROUND 15      
453 Andre Wheeler, Texas Tech LHP Chicago White Sox
ROUND 16      
467 Dillon Newman, Baylor RHP Houston Astros
471 Mark Payton, Texas OF Cleveland Indians
ROUND 17      
517 Cal Towey, Baylor 3B Anaheim Angels
ROUND 18      
531 Paul Hendrix, TCU SS Cleveland Indians
532 Max Garner, Baylor RHP Miami Marlins
ROUND 21      
624 Shane Conlon, K-State 1B Kansas City Royals
644 Ethan Carnes, Oklahoma LHP New York Yankees
ROUND 22      
664 Jake Fisher, Oklahoma LHP Los Angeles Dodgers
ROUND 23      
679 Jerad McCrummen, Texas Tech RHP Colorado Rockies
690 Randy McCurry, Oklahoma State SS Arizona Diamondbacks
695 Alex DeLeon, Kansas C St. Louis Cardinals
699 Stefan Crichton, TCU RHP Baltimore Orioles
ROUND 24      
707 Nathan Thornhill, Texas RHP Houston Astros
713 Jantzen Witte, TCU 3B Boston Red Sox
ROUND 26      
784 Thomas Taylor, Kansas RHP Los Angeles Dodgers
ROUND 27      
810 Jake Miller, Baylor SS Arizona Diamondbacks
ROUND 28      
834 Kevin Kuntz, Kanas SS Kansas City Royals
844 Crayton Bare, Baylor LHP Los Angeles Dodgers
ROUND 29      
882 Ryan Tuntland, West Virginia 3B San Francisco Giants
ROUND 31      
932 Tanner Poppe, Kansas RHP Milwaukee Brewers
ROUND 33      
991 Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia LHP Philadelphia Phillies
995 Nicholas Frey, TCU RHP St. Louis Cardinals
ROUND 34      
1018 Sean Carley, West Virginia RHP San Diego Padres
ROUND 36      
1074 Ryan McBroom, West Virginia 1B Kansas City Royals
ROUND 39      
1161 Frank Duncan, Kansas RHP Cleveland Indians
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