Lowery, Lucroy Get Picked in MLB Draft
Two East Carolina juniors were selected on Day 3 of the MLB Draft on Wednesday afternoon. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted slugger Luke Lowery first in the 14th round (406th overall) then right-handed pitcher David Lucroy was picked up in the 20th round (601st overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers. Lowery and Love join senior Reid Love (Orioles, 10th round) and ECU commitments Isaiah White (Marlins, third round) and Dwayna Williams-Sutton (Reds, 21st round) to round out the Pirates’ five draft selections thus far this week. This season, Lowery batted .321 with team-bests in home runs (12), slugging percentage (.553) and RBI (49), which ranked third among players in the American Conference. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was in the outfield for the bulk of his junior season, but also posseses experience at catcher and first base. Lucroy shifted in and out of the weekend rotation throughout the 2015 season, yet still finished with a 2.18 ERA, which was second on the team to reliever Joe Ingle, in 16 pitching appearances and 13 starts. If he chooses to forgo his senior season, Lucroy will join the same organization that his older brother, Jonathan, catches for in Milwaukee. Lucroy’s pitching coach at ECU, Dan Roszel, told InsideECUSports.com Wednesday that although he would love to have Lucroy and Lowery back next season, his expectation is that they will pursue professional careers. “That’s always the constant battle that we we’re going to run into,” Roszel said. “Their junior year is their money year. This is where their draft stock is the highest. If they come back, they could possibly get drafted higher, but the money isn’t the same.” Continue to follow InsideECUSports.com online — on Twitter (@InsideECUSports) and Facebook — for more coverage on the MLB Draft and the latest news.
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