OSU’s Boyd, Wetzler, Smith picked in MLB draft

2013-06-07T23:57:00Z OSU’s Boyd, Wetzler, Smith picked in MLB draftBy CLIFF KIRKPATRICK, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

Three Oregon State baseball players were selected on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft Friday.

Pitchers Ben Wetzler and Matt Boyd were the first taken, followed by shortstop Tyler Smith.

Rounds 3-10 were conducted Friday. The next 30 rounds will be done today with several OSU players as potential picks.

Wetzler, a junior, was selected in the fifth round with the 151th overall pick by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Boyd, a senior, soon followed in the sixth round with the 175th pick by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Smith, a senior, was grabbed by the Seattle Mariners in the eighth round with the 237th selection.

Being seniors, Boyd and Smith plan to sign after their season is complete. The Beavers face Kansas State this weekend in an NCAA Super Regional best-of-3 series with the winner advancing to the College World Series next weekend.

“I’m very grateful and blessed for the opportunity,” Boyd said. “I’m at a loss for words and feel very fortunate. It’s a dream come true.”

Boyd was drafted in the 13th round last year by the Cincinnati Reds, but decided to return for his senior season. His goal was the play in the College World Series this year.

He also hoped to improve his draft stock. Boyd was a reliever his first three years, but turned into the Friday night starter during the regular season.

“It was a decision I made out of confidence and not fear,” Boyd said. “It was the best decision I’ve made.”

Smith was thrilled to be drafted. He expected to be signed after last season but went undrafted.

He came back this season to improve his all-around game and show his breakthrough season last year wasn’t a fluke.

“A lot can change in a year,” Smith said. “I was upset for a couple days last year, but I realized I would come back ready to go and come back as one of the leaders of this team to see what happens. And it worked out well.”

Wetzler has some thinking to do this summer. He could sign a pro contract or return like Boyd. He has until the July 12 deadline to make his decision.

“I’m happy it happened; I have to move on now and get ready for (today’s game),” Wetzler said. “I haven’t given it a thought yet. I’m with these guys, and that’s what I’m focused on now.”

Three Oregon Ducks were drafted Friday. First baseman Ryon Healy was the first in the third round by the Oakland A’s.

Right-handed pitchers Jimmie Sherfy and Cole Wiper went in the 10th round. Sherfy was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Wiper by the Texas Rangers.

Five former Corvallis Knights were draftws Friday, including Wetzler, Boyd and Sherfy.

The highest pick was right-handed pitcher Chase Johnson of Cal Poly. He was taken in the third round by the San Francisco Giants. UC Riverside right-hander Trevor Frank was the other, picked in the eighth round by the Cleveland Indians.

Cliff Kirkpatrick covers Oregon State sports for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at cliff.kirkpatrick@lee.net.

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