The 2015 MLB draft is in full effect, and some Tulsa area natives have been selected.
Oklahoma State pitcher Michael Freeman was drafted in the seventh round (199 overall) by the Houston Astros. The former Bishop Kelley standout was the Big 12 pitcher of the year this season, finishing with a 10-3 record and 1.31 ERA.
“I had a great season and got to play with a bunch of incredible teammates and be a part of such a great team,” said Freeman. “It was really a fun year. It was the most fun year I had playing baseball.”
He now looks forward to his new journey. “It hasn't come full circle. The feeling I have is just really excited,” he said. “It's been a dream since I was four years old and [it's] just really an incredible feeling to get to do that now.”
The lefty had a dominant season as OSU's starting pitcher but is expected to play a different role for Houston.
"From what I've heard, I'll play a little bit of a different role. I was a starter at Oklahoma State, and now [I'll] be probably more of a reliever, and that role, just whatever they have me do. It'll be a little bit different to play a different role on a team, but I'm excited to do that.”
Broken Arrow native Jacob Evans was also drafted.
The University of Oklahoma pitcher was selected sixth round (191 overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals. He posted a 6-1 record with a 1.67 era and eight saves for OU this season.
“Just seeing your name called up there, you know, kind of seeing all this hard work payoff is pretty awesome,” said Evans. “Growing up, I was actually a Cardinals fan, and being able to get the opportunity to play for the St. Louis Cardinals is a dream come true… I'm just excited to get started.”
Other players drafted with Oklahoma ties include:
Anthony Hermelyn (C, Oklahoma) Houston Astros- Round 4 Pick 109
Ryan Helsley (RHP, Northeastern State) St. Louis Cardinals- Round 5 Pick 161
Taylor Hearn (LHP, Oklahoma Baptist) Washington Nationals- Round 5 Pick 164
Corey Zangari (1B, Carl Albert HS) Chicago White Sox- Round 6 Pick 172
Koda Glover (RHP, Oklahoma State) Washington Nationals- Round 8 Pick 254
Kelvin Rivas (RHP, Oklahoma Baptist) Miami Marlins- Round 10 Pick 296
Justin Ellison (CF, Western Oklahoma State) Atlanta Braves- Round 12 Pick 360
Craig Aikin (CF, Oklahoma) St. Louis Cardinals- Round 13 Pick 401
Adam Choplick (LHP, Oklahoma) Texas Rangers- Round 14 Pick 408
Christopher Shaw (C, Oklahoma) Baltimore Orioles- Round 15 Pick 463
Joshua Rolette (C, Shawnee High School) St. Louis Cardinals- Round 18 Pick 551
Robert Tasin (RHP, Oklahoma) Philadelphia Phillies- Round 19 Pick 564
Thomas McIlraith (RHP, Oklahoma) New York Mets- Round 20 Pick 599
Anthony Sequiera (RHP, Oral Roberts) Philadelphia Phillies- Round 23 Pick 684
Donnie Walton (SS, Oklahoma State) Milwaukee Brewers- Round 23 Pick 691
Tim Arakawa (2B, Oklahoma State) Los Angeles Angels- Round 23 Pick 705
Austin Afenir (C, Oral Roberts) New York Yankees- Round 25 Pick 753
Ralph Garza (RHP, Oklahoma) Houston Astros- Round 26 Pick 769
Jon Perrin (RHP, Oklahoma State) Milwaukee Brewers- Round 27 Pick 811
Bryan Case (C, Oklahoma State) San Francisco Giants- Round 27 Pick 816
Xavier Altamirano (RHP, Oral Roberts) Oakland A's- Round 27 Pick 818