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Ten Red Raiders Selected in the 2016 MLB Draft

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Texas Tech baseball recorded a historic season capped by a second trip to Omaha and the first College World Series win in program history. For some Red Raiders from this year's team, there is a career beyond Tech.

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There was plenty to focus on during Tech's Super Regional series win against East Carolina. During the weekend's games, several Red Raiders heard their names called in the 2016 MLB Draft. Overall, ten players from this year's team were drafted, a school record.

Pitcher Ryan Mosely was the first Red Raider selected. Mosely was drafted in the 8th round (241 overall) by the Baltimore Orioles. This was the second time he was drafted. Mosely was also taken in the 36th round by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013. He finished the season 6-4 with a 5.37 ERA.

Tyler Neslony was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 9th round (259 overall). Neslony finished the year with a .307 batting average, 58 RBIs, and 10 home runs. He was also named an All-Big 12 second team honoree.

Stephen Smith was drafted in the 10th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks (299 overall). He will reunite with 2015 Red Raider draftee Cameron Smith. Stephen finished with a .311 batting average, 39 RBIs, and 10 home runs. Smith was also named an All-Big 12 first team honoree.

Hayden Howard was the first Red Raider chosen on day 3 of the draft. He was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 12th round (364 overall). He finished the season with a 9-3 record and a 2.98 ERA. Howard also made 35 appearances this year, the most in a single season at Tech.

Ty Damron was drafted in the 15th round (442 overall) by the Oakland Athletics. This isn't the first time Damron has been drafted. In 2013 he was drafted out of high school in the 13th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished the season 4-2 with a 6.52 ERA.

Robert Dugger was the fourth Tech pitcher to hear his name called on draft day. Dugger was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round (537 overall). He was 6-1 on the season, making 29 appearances, and finishing with a 2.76 ERA.

Eric Gutierrez finally heard his name called in the 20th round. Gutierrez was drafted 593rd overall by the Miami Marlins. He joins fellow Red Raider Chris Sadberry, who was taken by Miami in the 6th round of the 2014 draft. Gutierrez was named Big 12 Player of the Year and a first-team All-America honoree. He finished the season with a .330 batting average, 60 RBIs and 13 home runs.

Another pitcher, Chandler Eden, was drafted in the 25th round (761 overall) by the LA Dodgers. This marked the third time Eden has been drafted. He was selected in the 36th round of the 2013 draft by the Marlins and the 17th round of the 2015 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Eden made 12 appearances this season and finished with a 8.00 ERA.

The last Tech pitcher to be selected was Dalton Brown. Brown was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 30th round (891 overall). He made 14 appearances this season finishing with a 4.11 ERA.

The last Red Raider drafted was the speedy Zach Davis. He was selected in the 32nd round (974 overall) by the Chicago Cubs. Davis finished the season with a .250 batting average, 6 RBIs, and a career-best 13 stolen bases. During his career at Tech, Davis was 30-33 in stolen bases.

Congratulations to all of these Red Raiders on being drafted. Good luck at the next stage of your careers.