March 27, 2023

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Three Wildcats chosen in 2022 MLB Draft

Senior Dylan Phillips swings in the course of the March 29, 2022 recreation in opposition to College of Central Colorado at Tointon Household Stadium. (Archive photograph by Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State baseball heard three acquainted names referred to as within the 2022 Main League Baseball First-12 months Participant Draft, starring Okay-State residence run king Dylan Phillips. After being handed up in seven rounds, the LA Angels chosen the All-American with the 238th general choose within the eighth spherical.

The choose got here after a robust season as a utility participant, proving his price within the outfield, at first base and on the mound after being neglected within the 2021 MLB Draft.

Whereas Phillips’ batting common ended at .283 this season, the senior from Omaha, Nebraska shattered Scott Poepard’s 1997 Okay-State file of 37 profession residence runs with 44. Alongside together with his 13 long-balls this season, he collected 13 doubles, 44 RBIs and eight steals.

The lefty additionally improved his pitching, rapidly changing into Okay-State’s nearer in direction of the back-half of the 2022 marketing campaign. The six-foot, 220-pounder lowered his 2021 earned-run-average of 14.14 to an environment friendly 2.66, hanging out 26 batters in 20.1 innings pitched to accompany eight saves.

The remaining two Wildcats had been chosen in back-to-back style with the Colorado Rockies deciding on Blake Adams within the thirteenth spherical with the 386th general choose. Moments later, the Detroit Tigers jumped on Dom Johnson with the 387th choose of the thirteenth spherical.

Blake Adams was generally known as the Wildcat’s Friday evening beginning pitcher. Nevertheless, Okay-State head coach Pete Hughes used the Arkansas-transfer as a better and mid-game reliever at occasions.

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The best-handed pitcher tallied 90 strike outs in 87 innings pitched, ending with a 5.07 ERA and 6-6 win-loss file. A kind of wins got here off a seven-inning outing in opposition to Texas, the place he earned the victory on six strike outs, three hits and one earned run allowed.

Dom Johnson could have been the steal of the draft following a Huge 12 Honorable Point out title and raking a .345 batting common this season. The excessive common highlights his team-leading 78 hits, 20 doubles and 12 stolen bases, whereas rating second in residence runs (12) and third in RBIs (42).

The Oklahoma State-transfer didn’t waste his time placing his mark on the school baseball map, beginning the season sturdy with a four-game hitting streak. After a goose-egg within the third recreation in opposition to CSU Bakersfield, the sophomore outfielder smashed hits in 16 consecutive video games, together with 9 multi-hit performances.

The three MLB Draft alternatives add to a formidable player-development stat for head coach Pete Hughes. He totals 82 alternatives in 25 seasons, with eight of these alternatives throughout his 4 seasons in Manhattan. Phillips’ choice marks Okay-State’s fourth choose within the first 10 rounds of the previous 4 seasons.