Yotes O'Brien Selected in 8th Round of MLB Draft

Posted at 4:25 PM, Jun 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-13 18:28:52-04

College of Idaho right-handed pitcher Riley O’Brien became the highest Major League Baseball draft pick in program history, as the Tampa Bay Rays selected the senior in the eighth-round on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft.

O’Brien becomes the 11th C of I player to be selected in the MLB Draft.  He transferred to C of I after two seasons at Everett Community College.  For this last season, O’Brien was 3-4 with a 2.15 ERA, walking just 23 and striking out 81 in 67 innings of work.

Previous College of Idaho MLB First-Year Player Draft Picks

1988 Craig Lewis          15th Round           Pittsburgh
1990 John Brasse          29th Round           Los Angeles (NL)
1992 Jason Butcher        13th Round           Los Angeles (NL)
             Brian Ewing          32nd Round           Minnesota
1994 Don Bellum           9th Round            St. Louis
1996 Kurt Alderman        15th Round           Montreal
             Tim Onofrei           28th Round           St. Louis
1997 Jason Simontacchi    21st Round           Kansas City
2001 Jason Stefani        33rd Round           Los Angeles (NL)
2012 Izaac Garsez         30th Round           Chicago (NL)
2017 Riley O’Brien        8th Round            Tampa Bay