MLB drafts BYU’s Rucker, Lund

BYU outfielder Brennon Lund steps out of the batter's box in a game against Gonzaga. Photo by Natalie Stoker
BYU outfielder Brennon Lund steps out of the batter’s box in a game against Gonzaga. Lund got drafted by the Chicago Cubs. (Natalie Stoker)

Brennon Lund and Michael Rucker were both selected in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Saturday.

Lund was selected with the No. 336 pick by the Los Angeles Angels and Rucker was selected with the No. 344th pick by the Chicago Cubs.

“I think I speak for the entire BYU baseball family when I say how happy I am for Brennon and Mike for reaching the next level of the respective baseball careers,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “Early June is always exciting for quality baseball programs as they have potential MLB draftees. I have always viewed having players drafted from our program as a positive. It creates excitement and shows potential recruits that they will go to a program that will develop them and get them ready for the next level.”

Lund led the Cougars this past season with a .387 batting average which crossed over the .400 level several times throughout the year. Lund received the WCC Player of the Week against Saint Louis and Santa Clara.

Rucker was selected as a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American by the Collegiate Baseball magazine. He also received the Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week twice. The right-handed pitcher from Lake Tapps, Washington led BYU with an 11-1 record this season with a 2.73 earned run average.

“I’m also happy for two of our incoming freshmen Payton Henry and DC Clawson as they were drafted last weekend,” Littlewood said. “They have great choices in front of them, but obviously we hope they show up on campus in the fall and become part of the Cougar family.”

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