Beaver Moore drafted early, will he go pro?

ANDREW MOORE was drafted earlier than the media and draft outlets projected, picked by Seattle late in the second round. Beaver fans will have to hope they're wrong again, because just about everyone is predicting the OSU ace will now forgo his senior season.

Moore became the No. 72 pick, with has a slot value of $852,800.

“Lot of people in Corvallis were wondering if there was a chance Andrew Moore would be back for senior year. Answer: nope,” tweeted Aaron Fitt of D1baseball.com.

Other writers echoed the thought, saying it was unlikely Moore would return to Seattle.

This season Moore went 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 122 1/3 innings. He struck out 111 and his control was remarkable -- he walked just 21 batters.

Moore in three seasons at Oregon State owns a 27-9 record with a 2.10 ERA and 251 strikeouts.

He has earned All-America and All-Pac-12 honors twice. The 6-foot, 185-pounder joins a host of former OSU teammates to be selected by the Mariners, including infielders Andy Peterson and Kavin Keyes last year.

Moore was projected to go between the fourth and 10th rounds by most draftnicks, and Baseball Prospectus's Chris Crawford panned the pick by the Mariners.

"The Mariners like to go the local route, but in doing so, they've made a pretty substantial reach. Moore has no plus pitches, and while he has above-average command of all four, asking him to be more than a fifth starter is asking too much for me. I'm not taking a potential five starter with the 72nd pick," wrote Crawford.

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