Two current Alabama baseball players and one signee came off the board during the second day of the MLB draft on Tuesday.
Former Alabama baseball pitcher Jake Walters was chosen in the ninth round of the MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins. Walters was the 267th overall pick. He finished his career with 52 starts, tied for the most of any pitcher in program history. His 292 career strikeouts were third-most in school history. He threw a complete game shutout in his final career game against Ole Miss, earning co-SEC pitcher of the week honors.
Walters finished his senior season 4-5 with a 3.73 earned run average. He missed just one start in his final three seasons with the program. He had 82 strikeouts and allowed 73 hits and 35 walks in 82 innings pitched. Opponents hit .241 against him.
Walters had been a mainstay of Alabama’s weekend rotation for the last three seasons, missing just one start in that time. He made his first career start on March 17, 2015 as a true freshman against Samford. By the end of the season he had worked his way into the weekend rotation, and he continued to develop as a sophomore. His 2016 campaign was the best of his career so far, going 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA. He was 5-5 in 2017, then told MLB teams he wished to return to Alabama for his senior season.
Junior outfielder Chandler Taylor was chosen with the 312th overall pick in the 10th round by the Houston Astros.
Taylor was drafted in the 27th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2017 after his sophomore season. He chose to come back to school, finishing the season with 35 RBIs and a team-best 13 home runs in 47 games. He struggled at times, batting .223 on the year, but improved his patience at the plate and drew 38 walks to post a .373 on-base percentage.
He is tied for ninth in school history with 38 home runs and was the runner-up at the 2017 College Home Run Derby. Taylor was also a second-team All-SEC pick in 2017 and an All-SEC freshman pick in 2016.
Signee PJ Hilson was chosen with the 166th overall pick in the sixth round by the San Francisco Giants. Hilson is an outfielder from Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The 2018 MLB draft concludes on Wednesday with rounds 11-40.
— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 5, 2018
— Garrett Walters (@GLWalters) June 5, 2018