Atlanta Braves draft Hyatt and Tewell, teammates Arrowood and Grant selected in MLB First-Year Player Draft
The Atlanta Braves used back-to-back picks to select ASU relief pitcher Nathan Hyatt and catcher Tyler Tewell in the 13th and 14th rounds of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday, June 5.
Hyatt, the 419th overall selection in this year’s MLB Draft, is ASU’s highest draft pick since three Mountaineers (David Rubinstein, Jason Rook and Garrett Sherrill) were selected within a 44-pick span over the 11th and 12th rounds in 2008.
Tewell, the draft’s 449th overall pick, gives ASU multiple top-15-round picks for only the third time in school history (joining Todd Welborn and Rich Bosley in 1985 and Rubinstein, Rook and Sherrill in 2009).
In his only year as a closer, Hyatt set a single-season school record and fell just two shy of the program’s career record with 16 saves, which led the Southern Conference and ranked sixth nationally. The flame-throwing right-hander was 16-for-17 in save opportunities and allowed just 24 hits while striking out 29 in 27.1 innings of work.
Tewell made the most of his first season as a full-time starter, finishing third in the Southern Conference with a .357 batting average to go along with 79 hits, 17 doubles and four triples (all team highs), six home runs and 45 RBI. He played 52 of his 59 games in right field for the Mountaineers this season but was drafted by the Braves to play his natural position of catcher.
Hyatt and Tewell are both juniors and have the option of signing with the Braves by July 13 to begin their professional careers or returning to ASU for their senior seasons.
ASU tied its all-time record of four draftees in a single year (set in 2009) when during the final 25 rounds of the 40-round MLB Draft the names of senior pitchers Seth Grant (ninth pick in 26th round by the Miami Marlins, 797th pick overall) and Ryan Arrowood (10th pick of 28th round by the Colorado Rockies, 858th pick overall) were called.
Wrestling: Bentley adds one for 2012-13
ASU wrestling head coach John Mark Bentley announced the addition of Jeffrey Ogburn Jr. to the incoming 2012-13 recruiting class on Tuesday, June 5.
A four-time all-state, all-region and all-district selection, Ogburn finished his high school career with a record of 141-29 with 88 pins. He also won four district and region championships, was twice state runner-up and won a state championship at 135 pounds.
Adding to his stellar prep career, Ogburn was also a two-time freestyle and Greco-Roman stat champion in club wrestling for Peninsula Wrestling Association.
The signing of Ogburn brings the total number of incoming recruits for the 2012-13 season to 12 after ASU signed three wrestlers during the early signing period and another eight last month.