The 2017 MLB draft isn’t complete, but Michigan Wolverines baseball is already rewriting the program’s record book.
In the first 36 rounds of the draft, 11 Michigan players heard their names called. That ties the program record, which was set in 1966. Michigan has had seven players drafted in the same year just twice since 1988.
From 2011-16, Michigan had just 13 total picks, which means with two more selections in the final few rounds this year, Wolverines baseball will match its draft-pick total of the past six years.
Left-handed pitcher Oliver Jaskie was the first Michigan player selected this week, going in the sixth round. He went 8-3 with a 3.77 ERA and a program-record 119 strikeouts this season. The Seattle Mariners selected Jaskie with the 183rd overall pick.
Third baseman/catcher Drew Lugbauer and right-handed pitcher Ryan Nutof also went in the top 500. The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds drafted Lugbauer and Nutof, respectively.
Michigan saw its next six draftees — Harrison Wenson, Bryan Pall, Jake Bivens, Johnny Slater, Michael Hendrickson and Grant Reuss — selected in rounds 24 to 29. The selection of right-hander Mac Lozer in the 33rd round broke the program record as the 10th Wolverines player selected this year.
The Wolverines added to their total when shortstop Michael Brdar went to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 36th round.