OSU Beavers

Bryant Salgado, Nathan Burns selected on final day of 2021 MLB Draft

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​The final day of the 2021 MLB Draft has wrapped up and just like on Day 2, another pair of Beavers heard their names called on Day 3.

Right-handed pitchers Bryant Salgado and Nathan Burns each got the call on Tuesday. 

Let's take a quick look at where the two landed:

Bryant Salgado: 14th round, 418th pick overall, Houston Astros

For the second time in this career, Bryant Salgado has been selected in the MLB draft. In 2019 Salgado was drafted in the 34th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres. 

Salgado did not sign, instead choosing to start his college career at San Jacinto Junior College before transferring to Oregon State.

In 2021, Salgado held opposing batters to a .182 average while tallying 27 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings pitched. In 23 relief appearances, Salgado managed a 3-0 record with a 1.01 ERA.

Salgado's selection makes him the eighth Beaver to ever be picked by the Astros, and the first since Jake Rodriguez in 2013. 

Nathan Burns: 19th round, 561st pick overall, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Unlike Salgado, this was the first time Burns has heard his name called on draft day when the Angels picked him in the 19th round.

The 6'1" Burns has been a Beaver since 2018, making 43 appearances for Oregon State in that time. For his career, Burns holds a 4-2 record with a 4.60 ERA, 92 strikeouts, and a .229 opponent batting average.   

Burns appeared in 18 games for the Beavers this season and on June 6th against TCU he had a stellar outing, coming on in relief he faced seven batters and struck out six of them.


The Angels have now drafted three Beavers in their history, with Burns being the first since the team selected Josh Osich in 2010.

Incredible run for Oregon State

In total, four Oregon State Beavers were taken in the 2021 MLB Draft, with Kevin Abel and Chase Watkins both drafted on Day 2.

Oregon State has now seen at least one player drafted every single year since 1992 and has seen multiple players selected in 26 of the 29 years. Even more impressive, the Beavers have seen four or more players called on draft day in 17 of the past 29 drafts.

There is a reason Oregon State is one of the premier baseball programs in the country!