Oklahoma State had five players selected on the second day of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft Friday. Through 10 rounds of this year's draft, OSU's five draft picks are tied with California for the fourth most by an NCAA program, behind only Florida and Texas A&M, who each had eight players chosen, and Louisville, which had seven. The selection of five Cowboys through the first 10 rounds also marks the most top 10 round picks for OSU since five Pokes were taken in the top 10 rounds in 2008.
Four of the OSU draft picks were pitchers, with Thomas Hatch highlighting the list as the Chicago Cubs took the righthander in the third round with the 104th overall pick. Hatch is the Cowboys' highest drafted player since 2013 when Jason Hursh was a first round selection (31st overall) of Atlanta. An All-American and the 2016 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year, Hatch has made 16 starts as a redshirt sophomore and is 7-2 with a 2.16 ERA that leads the Big 12. He also leads the league with 112.1 innings pitched, and he has worked six or more innings in 13 of his 16 starts, including three complete games.
Hatch has also racked up 102 strikeouts on the season to become only the 13th pitcher in OSU history to record 100 strikeouts in a season and the first since Andrew Heaney had 140 in 2012. Hatch was previously a 32nd round draft pick of Colorado in 2013.
The next Cowboy selected was senior shortstop Donnie Walton, who has established himself as one of the Big 12's elite players since arriving on campus in 2013. In 219 career games, which ranks eighth on the OSU's all-time list, the switch hitter owns a .318 batting average to go along with 11 home runs, 135 RBIs, 44 doubles and an OSU record 55 sacrifice bunts (which ranks seventh on the NCAA's alltime list). Walton is one of just 10 players in conference history to earn All-Big 12 First Team accolades three times (2014-16) and the first Cowboy to achieve the feat and also earned All-America status in 2016. Walton was previously drafted twice before, going in the 23rd round to Milwaukee in 2015 and in the 36th round to the New York Mets in 2012.
Following Walton in the sixth round was junior Remey Reed, a righthander who was selected by Miami with the 173rd overall pick. Reed is 73 with a 2.55 ERA and a save in two seasons in an OSU uniform, with four of those wins coming in 23 appearances this season. The Cowboys' final two selections of the day came in the seventh round as Garrett Williams was taken by San Francisco with the 215th overall pick before Tyler Buf ett was chosen two spots later. A junior southpaw, Williams is 7-1 with two saves and a 5.42 ERA in 48 career appearances, including 10 starts. He's also racked up 94 strikeouts in 73 innings of work. Williams was previously a 2013 draft pick of San Diego, which took him in the 33rd round.
Buffett, another junior righthander, had a career year in 2016, earning All-Big 12 First Team honors. He's made a team high 34 appearances, 31 of those in relief, and is 7-2 with nine saves and a 3.34 ERA, with the seven wins and nine saves marking career highs. He leads the Big 12 in appearances and ranks second in saves while he's also in the top 10 in opponent batting average (.236) and ERA.
In 67 career appearances, Buffett is 127 with a 3.29 ERA and nine saves and has recorded 134 strikeouts in 166.2 innings. The 2016 MLB Draft concludes Saturday with rounds 11-40.
Oklahoma State Cowboys Selected In 2016 Major League Baseball Draft
Thomas Hatch, RHP, So. – 3rd round, pick 104, Chicago Cubs
Donnie Walton, SS, Sr. – 5th round, pick 147, Seattle Mariners
Remey Reed, RHP, Jr. – 6th round, pick 173, Miami Marlins
Garrett Williams, LHP, Jr. – 7th round, pick 215, San Francisco Giants
Tyler Buffett, RHP, Jr. – 7th round, pick 217, Houston Astros
(This story was written by Wade McWhorter of the OSU Media Relations staff.)