Nebraska junior outfielder and right-handed pitcher Luis Alvarado was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round of the 2017 MLB draft on Wednesday.
Alvarado will now make the decision whether to return to Nebraska for his senior season or pursue a career in the major leagues.
— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 14, 2017
As for the choice he’ll make, Husker pitching coach Ted Silva recently told Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star that he doesn’t expect Alvarado to return.
“I just think it would be foolish to pass on that type of talent early in the draft when you talk about a fresh arm, a young guy,” Silva told Sipple. “He’s going to be young for his age at 20 during the draft. You don’t see a ton of ‘upside’ college pitchers anymore, where Luis is definitely more of that ‘upside’ guy because of his frame and limited miles.”
Alvarado was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in in the 33rd round of the 2014 draft. He instead chose to play for Nebraska.
“Even though I had a chance from the Red Sox — and it’s a big deal — I was like, ‘I made a promise and this is what I want,’ ” Alvarado told the Omaha World Herald. “I wanted to study first, and whatever happens after that happens.”
Alvarado boasted a team-leading 10 saves and 1.72 ERA this season for the Huskers. This was his first season on the mound as he opted to focus on hitting and playing left field during his first two seasons at Nebraska. He made his pitching debut for the Huskers against Oregon State on Feb. 23.