It didn’t take too long for Oklahoma to get on the board in the Major League Baseball Draft as both pitcher Alec Hansen and shortstop Sheldon Neuse were selected in the second round Thursday evening.
Hansen, a right-handed pitcher, was chosen by the Chicago White Sox with the 49th overall pick in the draft. He had company not too long after when Neuse was selected with the 58th overall selection by the Washington Nationals.
Once upon a there were visions of Hansen being a potential top 10 pick entering the season but early-season struggles actually saw him out of the rotation at one point.
Hansen picked it up later in the year to close with a 3-5 mark and a 5.40 ERA. Overall, Hansen is 8-12 with a 4.53 ERA at OU.
Control has been a major concern for Hansen. In his three-season career, Hansen has walked 96 batters in just 145 innings.
If Hansen “fell” to the second round, Neuse played his role into the prominent selection. A unanimous first team All-Big 12 all three seasons, Neuse seems poised to become a third baseman should he elect to head to the professional ranks.
Neuse was the heart and soul of this year’s club, hitting .369 with 10 home run and 48 RBIs. Nobody will ask him to pitch at the next level, but he showed he could as OU’s closer with five saves and a 4-1 record and a paltry 1.40 ERA.
There’s no guarantee Hansen and Neuse will choose the professional option since both still have a year of eligibility left with the Sooners, but the prevailing thought has been they have indeed played their last games in Norman.