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  • BASEBALL

    OSU's Fry, Davis, Wetzler, Schultz drafted

    Ducks' Reed, Thorpe also taken on second day of MLB draft
  • When Jace Fry learned he would need Tommy John surgery, he met the setback head on.
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  • When Jace Fry learned he would need Tommy John surgery, he met the setback head on.
    Throughout his recovery, Fry continued to work hard while keeping a positive attitude, understanding it was a long process to get back on the field.
    It all paid off this past season as Fry had a standout campaign that saw him finish the season with an 11-2 record and Pac-12 Conference pitcher of the year honor.
    On Friday, Fry was selected in the third round (77th overall) of the Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox.
    Ten picks later, Oregon State teammate Dylan Davis went to the San Francisco Giants.
    In the ninth round, Ben Wetzler's name was finally called as he was selected by the Miami Marlins with the 257th pick.
    Scott Schultz went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th round with the 300th overall pick.
    They joined Michael Conforto, who was drafted 10th overall by the New York Mets on Thursday.
    It's the second time Fry has been drafted. He went in the ninth round to the Oakland Athletics in 2011.
    "It means a lot that I had people there with me, supporting me through every step," Fry told the White Sox. "It was a big factor of how I was able to come back so healthy, and it's just like almost an overwhelming feeling that I'm finally back at this spot. Being drafted out of high school, but now I kind of know what I'm going to do with my life. I'm just excited that I'm going to Chicago."
    The Oregon Ducks had a pair of players drafted on Friday in pitcher Jake Reed and Tommy Thorpe.
    Reed was drafted in the fifth round, the 140th overall pick, by the Minnesota Twins. The junior closer was a Pac-12 Conference first-team all-league pick while compiling a 4-1 record with a 1.93 ERA and 13 saves. He led the Ducks in saves, while finishing second in ERA and appearances (31).
    Thorpe was picked in the eighth round, 229th overall, by the Chicago Cubs. The junior left-hander earned first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors for the second straight season in 2014 after finishing with an 11-4 record and a 2.14 ERA while striking out 90 in 105 innings pitched with just 33 walks. His 11 wins rank second all-time in single-season wins, while his 105 innings pitched is fifth al-time at Oregon and the 90 strikeouts is fourth all-time.
    Oregon has now had 26 players drafted since 2009 with a total of 45 Ducks drafted all-time.
    Fry had a standout 2014 season. He finished with an impressive 1.80 ERA in 16 games. He tossed a no-hitter against Northern Illinois and had four shutouts. He struck out 98 batters in 1201/3 innings and opponents mustered just a .196 average against the lefty,
    Fry compiled a 16-6 record in his three seasons, with most of last year cut short recovering from the surgery, with a 2.16 ERA. He struck out 153 in 2161/3 innings and made 29 starts.
    "His stuff's good, there's no doubt about it," OSU coach Pat Casey said of Fry before the Beavers opened the postseason. "I think he's going to pitch for a long time. Then you add in that he's determined, competitive, relentless and he works very, very hard."
    Davis wrapped up his second straight standout season for the Beavers by leading the Pac-12 with 64 RBIs. He had seven home runs and 14 doubles. In his three seasons, Davis batted .295 with four triples, 15 home runs and 17 stolen bases.
    His 155 RBIs rank fourth all-time at OSU and his 48 doubles are second best at OSU.
    Davis, who was not drafted out of high school and mostly played right field, could also pitch as he made five starts and had a 1.12 ERA in 16 innings this season. He had 14 strikeouts and 14 walks.
    "So grateful for this opportunity given to me by the Giants!," Davis wrote on Twitter. "Thank you for all the support and love!"
    Wetzler, who was drafted in the fifth round last year, decided to return to Corvallis for his senior season and saw his draft position fall despite a standout senior campaign.
    He finished with a 12-1 record and led the nation with a 0.78 ERA. He gave up just 49 hits in 104 innings and opponents batted .143 against him.
    He leaves OSU with a school-record 36 victories and has thrown a school-record 3691/3 innings. His 291 strikeouts are second to Jonah Nickerson's 299.
    Wetzler was drafted in the 15th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2010 and in the fifth round last year by the Philadelphia Phillies.
    Schultz returned to OSU for his senior season and posted a 7-2 record as a starter and reliever.
    He tossed a two-hit shutout against UC Irvine this past Sunday in his final collegiate performance.
    For his career, Schultz posted a 2.42 ERA in 96 games. He had a 16-5 record and struck out 134 in 2081/3 innings.
    Schultz was also drafted last season, going in the 17th round to Miami.
    Fry is the fourth OSU player to be drafted by the White Sox, joining Bryce Hulstrom (1986), Scott Christman (1993) and Danny Hayes (2013).
    Davis is the 10th Beaver to be selected by the Giants, and seventh since 2004. That group includes Nathan Pendley (2004), Tyler Graham (2006), Daniel Turpin (2007), Joe Patterson (2007), Andrew Susac (2011) and Josh Osich (2011).
    Wetzler is the fifth Beaver to be drafted by the Marlins, joining Andy Jenkins (2005), Lonnie Lechelt (2008), James Nygren (2011) and Schultz (2013).
    Schultz is the fifth OSU player taken by Arizona joining Brian Barden (2002), Dallas Buck (2006), Shea McFeely (2006) and Carter Bell (2011).
    OSU had three incoming recruits drafted on Friday.
    Max George, from Regis Jesuit High in Parker, Colorado, was selected in the sixth round by the Colorado Rockies with the 173rd overall pick.
    Rex Putnam High shortstop Trace Loehr was taken in the sixth round (192 overall) by the Oakland A's.
    Grant Heyman, a junior college player from the College of Southern Nevada went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round (240th overall).
    Fry, Wetzler and Schultz were teammates on the Corvallis Knights' 2011 West Coast League championship team. Loehr will play for the Knights this summer if he does not turn pro.
    Cal Poly junior outfielder Nick Torres was taken by the San Diego Padres in the fourth round as the 117th overall selection. A Big West Conference all-star in 2013 and 2014, he hit .296 in 50 games for the Knights in 2012 with 16 doubles, a homer and 29 RBIs.
    All players with college eligibility have until July 18 to sign or they can return to school. Fry and Davis, along with Conforto, are in that boat.
    The Beavers have had a player in each of the last two years decide to return to school for their senior seasons. Matt Boyd did that after the 2012 draft and Wetzler last year.
    Rounds 11 through 40 take place today.
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