The Kansas City Royals selected Nebraska Cornhusker pitcher Michael Mariot on Tuesday in the 8th round with the 239th pick in Major League Baseball’s draft. The junior right-hander who was a staple of NU’s weekend rotation, going 6-6 with a 4.70 ERA over a team-high 95.2 innings. He tied or set season bests in strikeouts four times in 2010 and had 45 strikeouts over his last 35.1 innings of work. He ranks 10th in the Big 12 in innings, as he has pitched into the seventh in each of his last 11 starts while averaging 6.83 innings per appearance this season, a total which is second among Big 12 pitchers.
In all, a total of five Nebraska baseball players were selected in the first 30 rounds of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. The group includes pitchers Michael Mariot (eighth round), Ryan Hughes (16th round), Mike Nesseth (17th round) and Sean Yost (24th round) along with outfielder Adam Bailey, who was taken in the 23rd round by the Houston Astros. The three pitching selections in the first 20 rounds marked the fourth time in the last five seasons (also 2006-2008) that at least three Husker pitchers have been selected in the first 20 rounds of the draft.