Nebraska junior outfielder and left-handed pitcher Jake Meyers became the first Huskers player to be drafted in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft. He was drafted Wednesday by the Houston Astros at No. 391 in the 13th round.
— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 14, 2017
Meyers was recently named a third-team All-American by Baseball America. The Omaha, Neb., native started 40 games this season, including 14 as a pitcher. He batted .297 and had 1 home run, 7 doubles and 16 RBIs. Meyers led the Huskers with 52 runs scored and 20 stolen bases.
On the mound, Meyers was 8-2 with a 3.42 ERA. His success both on the pitching mound and in the outfield has made him a finalist for the John Olerud Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best two-way player.
Meyers will now decide whether to return to Nebraska for his senior season. He follows in his father’s footsteps, who also played for Nebraska and was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1986.