LCSC has two pitchers selected in MLB draft
Two pitchers from the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team were among the players selected in rounds 2-30 during the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.
Zach Arneson, a senior right-hander from Bakersfield, Calif., was selected in the ninth round by the New York Yankees with the 299th pick overall, while left-hander Tyler Barrett of Boise was chosen in the 20th round with the 617th pick overall by the Detroit Tigers.
Rounds 31-50 of the draft will be held on Wednesday. The first round of the draft was Monday.
The two selections brings the overall total to 119 LCSC players selected in the draft since 1975, including 22 during the previous four drafts.
Arneson, who transferred to LCSC from Cal State Bakersfield, an NCAA Division I school, was drafted in the 21st round by the San Francisco Giants a year ago, but elected to attend LCSC and work on his mechanics in hopes of being a higher pick this year. He had an outstanding year with LCSC and served as the team’s closer. He posted a 2-1 record with a 2.82 earned run average. He led the team in appearances with 18 and saves with three. He also made four starts.
This season, Arneson pitched 44.2 innings and allowed 34 hits and 17 walks with 46 strikeouts. Opponents hit only .224 off of him.
Barrett, who played two seasons at College of Southern Idaho before transferring to LCSC, went 7-3 this season with a 2.79 ERA. He led LCSC in starts with 14 and took part in three shutouts during the season.
Barrett pitched in 67.2 innings and allowed 62 hits and 21 earned runs. He struck out a team-high 73 batters and walked 28. Opponents hit .250 off of him.
Both pitchers threw in LCSC’s 2-1 loss to Oklahoma City in the Avista NAIA World Series last week. Barrett pitched 4.1 innings and allowed both runs along with four hits and three walks with one strikeout. Arneson pitched the final 2.1 innings and allowed two hits with one strikeout. Arneson also pitched two perfect innings against Lee University and recorded one strikeout.
It is unknown whether Barrett will sign or return to LCSC for his final year of eligibility.