Eight Cowboys picked in MLB draft

Oklahoma State had eight players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.

OSU’s eight draft picks are its most ever in three years under head coach Josh Holliday and marks the most for the program since 2009 when eight Cowboys were also chosen.

Following a pair of top-10 round picks in Michael Freeman (7th round, Houston) and Koda Glover (8th round, Washington) on Tuesday, OSU shortstop Donnie Walton was the first Cowboy to have his name called on the draft’s final day as he was selected by Milwaukee in the 23rd round.

Walton is coming off a junior season that saw him earn All-Big 12 First Team honors for a second-straight year after hitting .326 with four home runs and 29 RBIs in 39 games. In his first three seasons in an OSU uniform, the switch-hitter owns a .306 batting average to go along with eight homers, 92 RBIs, 30 doubles and 52 sacrifice bunts.

Walton had been chosen by the New York Mets in the 36th round of the 2012 draft out of Bishop Kelley High School.

The next four Cowboy draft picks each completed their OSU careers in 2015.  Tim Arakawa followed infield mate Walton in the 23rd round when the second baseman was taken 14 picks later by the Los Angeles Angels. A two-time All-Big 12 Second Team performer, Arakawa hit .277 with six homers and 81 RBIs in two seasons in Stillwater. He also recorded a .405 on-base percentage and 25 stolen bases, and as a senior he turned in a .991 fielding percentage after committing only three errors and recording 200 assists.

OSU also had a pair of players drafted in the 27th round.

Jon Perrin was the first to go as the right-handed pitcher was taken by Milwaukee; his selection marked the second consecutive year to be drafted after he was a 33rd-round pick of Detroit in 2014.

Perrin finished his OSU career with an 18-9 record and 3.18 ERA in 65 appearances, including 35 starts. An All-Big 12 First Team performer in 2014, Perrin recorded 200 strikeouts in 240.1 innings during his career in Stillwater.

Just five spots later, Perrin’s battery mate, Bryan Case, went off the board when the San Francisco Giants selected the OSU catcher.

In two seasons with the Cowboys, Case played in 79 games, starting 60 of those behind the plate, and hit .257 with eight homers, 13 doubles and 43 RBIs to go along with a .460 slugging percentage.

Gage Green spent four seasons at OSU and was rewarded when he was selected in the 35th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The versatile Green played outfield and catcher for the Pokes and was a two-time All-Big 12 First Team performer.

In 209 career games, Green recorded a .292 batting average to go along with 11 homers, 29 doubles, nine triples and 86 RBIs. He also racked up 56 stolen bases and 36 sacrifice bunts.

The final Cowboy drafted was junior Conor Costello, who was taken in the 38th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. A two-way player at OSU as an outfielder/DH and right-handed pitcher, Pittsburgh chose Costello as a pitcher.

In two seasons at OSU, Costello has made nine appearances on the mound, eight of them as a starter, and is 2-1 with a save and a 2.52 ERA. He’s also played in 108 games and is batting .240 with 15 homers and 62 RBIs.

Costello was previously drafted in 2011 out of Edmond Santa Fe High School when the Cincinnati Reds took him in the 16th round.

In addition to the eight current Cowboys, Oklahoma State had five signees drafted. Corey Zangari of Midwest City’s Carl Albert High School was drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago White Sox, while pitcher Justin Lawrence (Colorado) and outfielder Justin Ellison (Atlanta), both junior college stars, went in the 12th round. JUCO third baseman Garrett Benge from Cowley County College was selected in the 22nd round by Cleveland, and catcher Colin Theroux, who played last season at San Joaquin Delta College, was a 33rd-round pick by Minnesota.

7th round – Michael Freeman, LHP, Houston Astros (199th overall pick)

8th round – Koda Glover, RHP, Washington Nationals (254)

23rd round – Donnie Walton, SS, Milwaukee Brewers (691)

23rd round – Tim Arakawa, 2B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (705)

27th round – Jon Perrin, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers (811)

27th round – Bryan Case, C, San Francisco Giants (816)

35th round – Gage Green, C, Los Angeles Dodgers (1,062)

38th round – Conor Costello, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (1,147)