For the first time since 2008, the Texas Tech baseball team had three players drafted in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft.
Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Withrow was the first player off the board when he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the sixth round Tuesday, according to a Tech Athletics news release.
Senior right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor was then picked in the seventh round by the New York Mets. He is the first Red Raider to be drafted by the Mets since 2002, according to the release.
Senior right-handed pitcher Dominic Moreno was the third player drafted when the Detroit Tigers picked him in the eighth round.
This marks the first time in school history that three Red Raider pitchers were selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft, according to the release.
Withrow was originally drafted in the 37th round by the Texas Rangers after high school and will now have the option to return for his senior season at Tech.
He ended this season with a 1-1 record and a career-best 3.63 earned-run average in 13 appearances including one start.
Taylor improved his draft status this season by leading the nation with a 0.31 ERA, which set the Big 12 Conference single-season record. Taylor was also named an All-American on Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He becomes the 32nd Red Raider to be named an All-American in school history.
After being drafted in the 33rd round following his junior season, Moreno returned for his senior season this year and posted a 1.85 ERA over 58.1 innings of work and earned seven saves.
On the third day of the MLB draft, Tech junior right-handed pitcher Matt Custred became the fourth Red Raider pitcher drafted when the Atlanta Braves selected him in the 31st round, according to a Tech Athletics news release.
Custred will also have the option to return to college. In 15 appearances out of the bullpen this season, he had a 1-2 record with a 3.50 ERA.
Despite only pitching 18 innings, he had 26 strikeouts and held hitters to a .206 batting average, according to the Big 12 website.
Senior shortstop Tim Proudfoot became the first non-pitcher to be drafted when the Oakland Athletics selected him in the 35th round.
After last season, the A’s drafted Proudfoot in the 21st round, according to the release. His draft status was hurt this season by a lingering leg injury.
The senior shortstop only started 29 games this season and hit .232 compared to .309 in 44 games last year, according to the Tech Athletics website.
Senior left-handed pitcher Cameron Smith was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 36th round. He is the first Red Raider in school history to be drafted by the Diamondbacks, according to the release.
This season, Smith was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week three times, according to the Big 12 website. In 14 appearances, 13 of which were starts, he had a 2.83 ERA and struck out 77 batters. He also had one shutout and one complete game, according to the Tech Athletics website.