IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa slugger Jake Adams was selected by the Houston Astros in the 6th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday. He went No. 181 overall.
Teammate Mason McCoy went a little later at No. 188 to the Baltimore Orioles.
Adams, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound first baseman, was the Big Ten’s unanimous player of the year this spring. He leads the NCAA with 29 home runs and ranks third in total bases (183), fourth in slugging percentage (.747), and seventh in RBIs (72).
Houston Astros draft Iowa 1B Jake Adams
— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 13, 2017
In Big Ten play, Adams led the league in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, runs (55), and total bases (183), while also ranking second in hits (82), sixth in batting average (.335), 12th in on-base percentage (.417), and 14th in doubles (14). Adams had 27 multi-hit and 16 multi-RBI games this season.
Adams’ 29 homers were 7 more than Iowa’s previous record (which was set in 1986) and 2 more than the Big Ten record. He produced 48 more bases that the league runner-up and the next-best slugging percentage was .593. Adams had 4 multi-home run games, including 3 home runs in a game at Kansas State on March 19.
The last Iowa player drafted this high was pitcher Blake Hickman, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2015 draft (202 overall).
— Iowa Baseball (@UIBaseball) June 13, 2017