Another current Razorback baseball player has a chance to begin his pro career this summer if he chooses to do so.
Arkansas junior pitcher Trey Killian – scheduled to start the first game of the College World Series on Saturday - was taken in the ninth round by the Colorado Rockies.
"I can't say I never thought about the draft," Killian said after Tuesday's practice, "but the biggest thing for me right now in my baseball career is the Arkansas Razorbacks going to the College World Series."
Killian, a Mountain Home native with a 3-4 record and 4.74 ERA this season, was the 257th overall pick of the draft and leads the Razorbacks with seven quality starts this season.
One of those was a perfect seven inning innings against Vanderbilt, which earned him the Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week award.
He is coming off a solid performance in last Friday’s Super Regional where he went six innings while giving up three runs and eight hits in an 18-3 win over Missouri State.
Killian was a hard-luck 4-9 as a sophomore despite pitching 94 innings in 2014 while recording a 2.30 ERA in 14 starts.
He becomes the 11th pitcher now taken from a 2013 Arkansas staff that had a 1.89 ERA, the lowest in Division I since 1976.
Killian was brilliant his senior season at Mountain Home when he went 8-1 with a 0.88 ERA and 138 strikeouts in just 64 innings while also hitting .303.
His draft position is slotted for a $165,000 signing bonus, but he could return for his senior season and try to move up the draft chart if he so chooses.
He will put that to the side as Arkansas prepares to face Virginia Saturday at 2 p.m. in the first game of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
"We are going to go out there and try to win the whole thing," Killian said. "We aren't just happy to be there and taking a little vacation in Omaha, Nebraska. We are going up there and try to take care of business, and hopefully win a few games, if not the whole thing."
Killian Chosen In Ninth Round By Rockies
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