2013 MLB Draft: Oklahoma Sooners Aces Drafted on Day 1

June 3, 2012; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Oklahoma Sooner pitcher Jonathan Gray (22) pitches against the Army Black Knights in the first inning in game three of the Charlottesville regional at Davenport Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Laferriere-USA TODAY Sports

Two Oklahoma Sooners aces heard their names called in the 2013 MLB Draft. It was the first time since 1985 that Oklahoma Sooners players went in the first and second rounds since 1985.

Jonathan Gray, the pitcher who will lead the Sooners into the baseball Super Regional’s today was the third overall pick of the entire draft, chosen by the Colorado Rockies. It is a tough place to pitch, thanks to the high altitude allowing numerous home runs, but it has to be an honor to go to a team that high in the MLB Draft.

Gray (10-2) has 138 strikeouts this season, second most in the entire NCAA, which should serve him well in Colorado. He also sports a nice 1.59 ERA. His position in the draft is tied for the highest a Sooners’ player has ever went with former pitcher Bobby Witt (1985).

In the second round, pitcher Dillon Overton was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 63rd overall pick of the 2013 MLB Draft. Overton was drafted higher than many expected, but the leftie deserved it. In 2013, Overton has compiled a 9-2 record with a 2.91 ERA and 76 strikeouts.

The Oklahoma Sooners baseball team heads into the NCAA Super Regional’s on Friday to battle the LSU Tigers in Game 1 of the best-of-three series. The winner of this series heads to the College World Series.

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