The 2015 MLB Draft is under way, and Ducks are turning into possible ProDucks. Which Ducks will hear their names called this year? Below is an updated list of all the players selected with University of Oregon ties.
Garrett Cleavinger, LHP.- Selected in the 3rd round (102 pick) by the Baltimore Orioles
Cleavinger, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, finished the season with a 6-2 record and nine saves with a 1.58 ERA. His team voted him as the 2015 most valuable pitcher. He struck out 66 hitters in 40 innings pitched while walking just 17. Opposing batters managed to hit just .153 against Cleavinger in his 37 appearances.
The Orioles have a $559,300 assigned value for the 102nd pick. Cleavinger has one year of eligibility remaining at Oregon if he chooses not to sign, but Oregon head coach George Horton seems to believe that Cleavinger has played his last game with Oregon.
Josh Graham, RHP.- Selected in the 4th round (120 pick) by the Atlanta Braves.
Graham spent his first two years at Oregon as a catcher before switching to pitcher during the 2015 season. The Roseburg-native developed quickly on the mound for the Ducks and slowly worked into rotation. In 65 innings, Graham went 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 64 strikeouts.
The Braves have a $470,200 assigned value for the 120th pick. If he elects to return to Oregon, Graham has one year remaining of eligibility. However Horton seems to believe that Graham has also played his last game as a Duck.
Oregon recruit Demi Orimoloye, RF.- Selected in the 4th round (121 pick) by the Milwaukee Brewers
Orimoloye, an African-born Canadian outfielder, would be a great addition to the Duck roster if he chooses to come to Oregon.
However, he could potentially make the assigned slot value of $465,000 for the 121st selection and become the first African-born player to make the Major Leagues. Some projected the right-hander to be a first-round draft pick, which would have made him more than $1 million.
Will he stay or go? The decision will be made before the July 17 signing deadline.
Mitchell Tolman, INF.- Selected in the 7th round (217 pick) by the Pittsburg Pirates
Tolman, who was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, basically lead the Ducks in every offensive and defensive category in 2015. He finished the season with a .982 fielding percentage at third base, second base and first base. He was the team leader in batting average (.325), hits (75), runs (43), doubles (20), RBI (42), walks (44), hit by pitches (13), slugging percentage (.468) and on-base percentage (.457). Tolman was selected by his teammates as their most valuable player, outstanding offensive player and defensive player.
The assigned slot value for the 207th pick is $184,800. Tolman has one year of eligibility left should he choose to return to Oregon but Horton has stated he feels the junior is leaning towards his professional option.