One day after sophomore catcher Cody Milligan was drafted in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft, the Cowley College baseball team saw five more players affiliated with the program selected in the following rounds of the draft.
Former Cowley standout Jacob Means was drafted in the 22nd round by the Kansas City Royals, while Jace Beck, a Cowley signee for next season, was drafted by the New York Mets in the 22nd round.
Sophomore pitcher Brannon Jordan was drafted in the 31st round by the Tampa Bay Rays. In the 40th round, Cowley freshmen Miguel Obeso and Logan Steenstra were drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins, respectively.
“It was a great day for the program,” Cowley coach Dave Burroughs said. “It’s every young baseball player’s dream to play professional baseball, so we are extremely happy for these guys.”
Means, a third baseman, batted .286 with five home runs and 42 RBI in helping Indiana State University win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. He blasted 16 home runs in two seasons with the Sycamores.
Beck is a 6-foot-9 right-hander from Blanchard (Okla.) High School who would be a freshman at Cowley next season if he doesn’t sign a Major League contract. Beck led the Lions to the Class 4A state championship by compiling a 13-0 record with an 0.99 ERA.
Jordan went 9-2 with a team-best 2.63 ERA this past season. He struck out 82 in 61 2/3 innings in helping to lead the Tigers to the Juco World Series.
Jordan, who has signed with the University of South Carolina, overcame injuries to compile a 17-3 record during two years at Cowley.
“He has worked really hard to come back and for him to be drafted is pretty special,” Burroughs said.
Obeso, a 6-3 right-hander, compiled a 6-1 record with 77 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings, while Steenstra provided the Tigers with exceptional defense at shortstop while batting .310 and driving in 49 runs.
Obeso and Steenstra will have to decide whether to sign with the teams that drafted them or return to Cowley for their sophomore seasons and try to improve their draft stock.
“We will be there to help them with their decision,” Burroughs said. “I take my hat off to these guys. A lot of players want to be drafted, but not many are.”