Four Bobcats are headed to the Pros
Four Texas State University baseball players were selected during the Major League Baseball draft in May – the second most for a Sun Belt program in 2019. Hunter McMahon was drafted in the 9th round, and Nicholas Fraze was selected in the 22nd round. Jaylen Hubbard followed Fraze in the 27th round, and Connor Reich was the final Bobcat drafted in the 31st round.
McMahon was picked by the Washington Nationals as the 273rd overall pick. The Kansas City, Missouri native is the earliest Bobcat selected in the MLB draft since 2016 when Lucas Humpal was the 271st selection. The right-hander struck out 71 in 87.2 innings spanning 17 games, including 14 starts.
Fraze was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays as the 675th overall pick. He is the fifth Bobcat ever to be drafted by the Canadian organization. He earned All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team honors with 81 strikeouts in 89.1 innings over 16 games, including 15 starts. The Carrollton native was named the Shriners College Classic’s Most Outstanding Player, the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week and College Sports Madness National Pitcher of the Week, in addition to being named to the Collegiate Baseball National Team of the Week.
Hubbard was chosen by the Washington Nationals as the 813th overall pick. He and McMahon are the first Texas State teammates to be picked by the same franchise in the same draft since 2000. He was also the 16th player out of 25 selected in this year’s draft whose father played in the major leagues. Hubbard was named All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team with a .323 batting average, 59 runs scored, 34 walks, 17 doubles, eight home runs and four triples. The Missouri City native had three runs scored and two home runs as Texas State clinched its first-ever Sun Belt regular season championship.
Reich was drafted by the Chicago White Sox as the 920th overall pick. He was named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year and was an All-Sun Belt Conference First Team selection after 90 strikeouts in 90.2 innings. The Hallsville native picked up his second career Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week honor after the first weekend of the season in which he threw 6.2 scoreless innings and struck out seven.
The year 2019 is tied with 2009 and 1992 for the fourth most Bobcats chosen in a single draft.