Three Razorbacks Taken In First Day of MLB Dra
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ Jarrett Gardner, Scott Roehl and Andrew Wishy each had their names called in the first day of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday.
Roehl, a native of Somers, Wis., was the first current Razorback selected, going in the 10th round by the Cleveland Indians. Roehl was the 288th overall pick of the draft.
Roehl led the Razorbacks in wins with an 8-4 record and a 4.66 ERA in 48.1 innings in 2003. Roehl, a junior, struck out 44 batters while walking nine in 23 appearances during the season.
Wishy, a native of Raytown, Mo., was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 12th round with the 346th overall pick. Wishy, also a junior, led Arkansas with 25 doubles during the 2003 campaign. His 25 doubles tied for the sixth-highest total in a season in Arkansas history.
Wishy finished his junior season with a .319 batting average with eight home runs and a team-high 50 RBI. Wishy earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of April 1. Wishy hit .643 (9-for-14) with five runs scored, nine RBI, four doubles and two home runs as the Razorbacks went 4-0 with a win over Southwest Missouri State and a series sweep of Kentucky in Lexington.
Gardner, a native of Moore, Okla., was drafted in the 19th round by the Boston Red Sox with the 564th overall pick. Gardner, a senior, had a 4-5 record with a 4.63 ERA in 93.1 innings this past season.
Gardner narrowly missed setting an NCAA single-season record for fewest walks per game. Gardner walked five batters for an average of 0.48 walks per game. The NCAA record is .35 set by Jim Weil of New Orleans in 1976.
Gardner was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week and NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week after recording a save against No. 17 Kansas and a win against No. 6 South Carolina this season.
The MLB draft continues Wednesday with rounds 21-50. Fans can go to www.mlb.com to listen to the draft live.
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