Baltimore Orioles draft SRU's Jack Graham
Jack Graham, a Slippery Rock University political science major from Zelienople and second baseman on the SRU baseball team, was selected Wednesday in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.
Graham becomes the 21st SRU baseball player to be drafted into MLB. It marks the third straight year The Rock has had a player drafted, and the fourth time since 2009 an SRU player was selected.
"We're happy for Jack and happy to see Slippery Rock with another draft pick," said Jeff Messer, Rock head coach. "Jack suffered an injury his first year here, and we may have never had the chance to see his full potential. He's a talented athlete and if he puts it all together he'll have the chance to be successful at the next level."
Graham is a son of Brian Graham, the Orioles' director of player development, and was selected with the 1,153rd overall pick.
He has now been drafted twice after first being selected in the 50th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox after his senior year at Seneca Valley High.
Graham attended Youngstown State University for the first two years of his collegiate career, appearing in 71 games and scoring 20 runs for the Penguins.
He batted .222 with six hits, three runs scored and two RBI this year, and his best effort came against nationally ranked Seton Hill, when he went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Rock concluded the 2015 season with a 30-18 record for the program's 21st consecutive season without a losing record, the longest streak in the Atlantic Region and ninth longest in NCAA Division II.