Ducks, Beavers, Rogues taken in draft
Oregon’s Scott Heineman, Conor Harber and Cole Irvin were selected on Day 3 of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday, giving the Ducks six players taken this year.
Heineman was the third pick of the day going in the 11th round (301st overall) to the Texas Rangers. The Ducks’ utility player, who finished his junior season as the Ducks’ starting first baseman, batted .290 with four home runs, 23 RBIs and a team-high 16 stolen bases, the third most in a season at Oregon. During his four years with the Ducks, Heineman batted .260 with nine home runs, 72 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.
He was also selected in the 2014 MLB Draft, when he went in the 19th round to the Kansas City Royals.
Harber was selected in the 16th round, pick No. 482, by the Milwaukee Brewers. The junior college transfer from Western Nevada College was 4-2 with a 5.34 ERA during the 2015 season. He had 59 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings pitched while allowing 47 hits. The right-handed pitcher was also drafted in both 2013 and 2014. He was a 38th round pick by the Baltimore Orioles after his freshman season at Western Nevada and a 40th round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays after his sophomore season.
Irvin was drafted in the 32nd round, number 967 overall, by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The junior left-handed pitcher finished his sophomore season with a 2-5 record and a 4.10 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 79 innings. As a freshman in 2013, Irvin went 12-3 with a 2.48 ERA while fanning 60 in 116 innings pitched.
Kyle Garlick, a 2014 graduate from the University of Oregon, was also selected in the draft. Garlick, who played at Division II Cal Poly Pomona in 2015 while attending grad school, was picked in the 28th round, 852 overall, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Oregon State right-handed pitcher Travis Eckert was selected in the 20th round, 606th overall by the San Francisco Giants.
He is the third OSU player selected in this year’s draft, following Andrew Moore in the second round Monday and Jeff Hendrix in the fourth round Tuesday.
Eckert has pitched for the Beavers one season, tallying a 6-2 mark and 4.08 earned run average in 16 games, all starts. Opponents hit .254 against him while he struck out 50 in 90 1/3 innings.
He is the 11th Oregon State player to be selected by San Francisco in the draft, with Dylan Davis the last taken by the Giants. He was a third-round selection in 2014.
OSU infielder Gabe Clark was selected in the 26th round, 782nd overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Clark has played three seasons for the Beavers, from 2013-15, and has appeared in 102 games. He is batting .252 with 14 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 64 runs batted in during his career.
On Tuesday, former Medford Rogues player Justin Jacome was taken 146th overall by the Miami Marlins.
Jacome played for the Rogues during the 2013 season. He appeared in four games and started three. He finished the summer with a 1-1 record and 0.87 ERA. Jacome pitched 20 2/3 innings, striking out 20 and giving up 17 hits, two earned runs and no walks.
Tanner Lubach, a 2014 Rogue, was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth round with the 285th pick. Lubach recorded a .361 batting average with 22 hits, 17 runs and 10 RBIs in Medford. He was a home run shy of the cycle in a loss against Bend on July 4, 2014.
Other highlights of Day 3 included Notre Dame outfielder Conor Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, being selected by the Astros in the 34th round.
The younger Biggio hit .263 with one RBI and four stolen bases in 26 games for the Irish during his senior season, serving mainly as a pinch runner during his career.
Miami added the son of "Mr. Marlin" Jeff Conine on the draft's final day, taking Florida high school outfielder Griffin Conine in the 31st round. The elder Conine, a Marlins special assistant, played for the franchise's World Series championship teams in 1997 and 2003.
The Marlins also drafted Nova Southeastern University infielder-outfielder Alexander Fernandez, son of Alex Fernandez, in the 25th round.