Posted at: 06/09/2013 3:25 PM
Updated at: 06/09/2013 3:26 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
The Lobo baseball players were popular in the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft. A school record 7 UNM players were drafted, that's the most in one season for the Lobo baseball program.
D.J. Peterson was the highest Lobo ever taken when the Seattle Mariners made him the 12th overall pick in the first round. Here's a look at the seven Lobo players and where they're going:
DJ Peterson, 3B Seattle Mariners
Sam Wolff, P Texas Rangers
Mitch Garver, C Minnesota Twins
Alex Albritton,SS LA Angels
Will Mathis, P Seattle Mariners
Jake McCasland, P San Francisco Giants
Josh Melendez, OF Houston Astros
"I was hoping it'd be eight," said head coach Ray Birmingham in a released statement. He was hoping senior Luke Campbell would be drafted as well. "It speaks volumes that coming to the University of New Mexico is a good door to professional baseball. Kids improve their rounds and kids that have never been drafted get drafted. The work ethic and blue-collar attitude that is Lobo baseball is what makes these kids become professional baseball players. That's obviously attractive to MLB teams.
“Kids know that they can come to the University of New Mexico, get better, and get drafted,” he continued. “But it’s a double-edged sword. We lose guys (to the draft) every year. If I can get to where I can keep the top New Mexico boys for four straight years, I’ve got a chance to do something special here.”