If you want to pursue a pitching career in Major League Baseball but want to craft your game at the college level first, then Oregon State University is your destination.
The Beavs have a long standing of pitchers getting selected in the MLB Draft… 20 years in a row to be exact.
You have to go back 21 years in history to find an Oregon State pitcher not selected in the draft.
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Here’s a list of all the Oregon State pitchers that have been drafted in the last 20 years:
2000: Scott Nicholson (Texas Rangers- did not sign)
2001: Scott Nicholson (Colorado Rockies)
2002: Mark McLemore (Houston Astros)
2003: Ben Rowe (Texas Rangers- did not sign)
2004: Nathan Pendley (San Francisco Giants); Jared Sanders (Cincinnati Reds); Kyle Aselton (Minnesota Twins); Jake Postlewait (Colorado Rockies); Andrew Baldwin (Philadelphia Phillies)
2005: Nathan Fogle (Texas Rangers)
2006: Jonathan Koller (New York Mets); Jonah Nickerson (Detroit Tigers); Kevin Gunderson (Atlanta Braves); Dallas Buck (Arizona Diamondbacks)
2007: Anton Maxwell (Texas Rangers); Joe Paterson (San Francisco Giants); Michael Stutes (St. Louis Cardinals- did not sign); Daniel Turpen (San Francisco Giants); Eddie Kunz (New York Mets)
2008: Mark Grbavac (New York Mets); Michael Stutes (Philadelphia Phillies)
2009: Greg Peavey (Houston Astros-did not sign); Kraig Sutton (Boston Red Sox- did not sign); Jorge Reyes (San Diego Padres)
2010: Kevin Rhoderick (Chicago Cubs); Tanner Robles (Cincinnati Reds); Josh Osich (Anaheim Angels- did not sign); Kraig Sitton (Colorado Rockies); Greg Peavey (New York Mets); Tyler Waldron (Pittsburg Pirates); Taylor Starr (Cleveland Indians- did not sign); James Nygren (Florida Marlins)
2011: Josh Osich (San Francisco Giants); Sam Gaviglio (St. Louis Cardinals)
2012: Matthew Boyd (Cincinnati Reds- did not sign)
2013: Dan Child (Philadelphia Phillies); Scott Schultz (Florida Marlins- did not sign); Matthew Boyd (Toronto Blue Jays); Ben Holmes (Philadelphia Phillies- did not sign)
2014: Scott Schultz (Arizona Diamondbacks); Ben Holmes (Florida Marlins); Jace Fry (Chicago White Sox); Travis Eckert (San Francisco Giants- did not sign)
2015: Andrew Moore (Seattle Mariners)
2016: John Pomeroy (Pittsburg Pirates); Travis Eckert (Kansas City Royals)
2017: Max Engelbrekt (Washington Nationals); Jake Thompson (Boston Red Sox); Drew Rasmussen (Tampa Bay Rays- did not sign)
2018: Drew Rasmussen (Milwaukee Brewers)
2019: Dylan Pearce (St. Louis Cardinals); Bryce Fehmel (San Francisco Giants); Brandon Eisert (Toronto Blue Jays); Grant Gambrell (Kansas City Royals)
2020: Christian Chamberlain (Kansas City Royals)
That streak likely won’t end in the 2021 MLB Draft either.
Oregon State received great news that ace pitcher Kevin Abel, who led the team as a freshman in 2018 to a National Championship, will be returning to Corvallis, Oregon next season. Abel had to sit out all last season from Tommy John surgery, but will be back out on the mound at Goss Stadium in 2021.