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Menlo's Erceg taken by Brewers in second round of MLB draft

 

Menlo College's Lucas Erceg continued to draw attention to the Oaks baseball program, as the Campbell native was taken in the second round, the 46th overall pick, of MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Erceg becomes the highest drafted baseball player in school history and the fifth player selected over the past six seasons.

Erceg did it all for the Oaks as the teams primary third baseman and closer during his junior season, starting 56 games and helping them to 35 wins, the most in program history.

The left handed slugger belted a program-best 20 home runs, hit 15 doubles, drove in 56, scored 47 and struck out just 18 times in a team-leading 227 at-bats.

In addition, Erceg also served as the team's primary closer, recording six saves. In 23 innings of work, he struck out 32 and allowed just two earned runs for a 0.78 earned run average.

Stanford junior pitcher Chris Viall was selected in the sixth round, the 190th overall pick, of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the New York Mets. Cardinal infielder Tommy Edman was selected six slots later by the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Viall (1-1, 5.01, 1 save) finishes with a career high in strikeouts (29) and a career low in walks (19) in 2016. He did not allow a run through his first nine appearances, a span of 11 innings, and did not allow a home run.

Viall went 4-7 in 47 career appearances for the Cardinal, including 15 starts. In 99 1/3 innings, he allowed 96 hits, struck out 68, and finished with an ERA of 4.80.

Edman, who earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors as well as Academic All-America accolades, played in the last 143 consecutive games for the Cardinal, starting 140.

The San Diego native led the Cardinal in runs (35), hits (61), triples (4), multi-hit games (18) and stolen bases (8), and was second in average (.286), total bases (79) and walks (25).

Edman was also named the Pac-12's All-Defensive team shortstop with a .955 fielding percentage, as he led Stanford to its best defensive season in school history -- the Cardinal finished tied for first in the nation with a fielding percentage of .983, and committed the fewest errors in program history (35).

In three years at Stanford, Edman hit .281 in 168 games, and collected 177 hits, including 31 doubles, five triples and four home runs -- most notably his walk-off round-tripper at the Bloomington Regional elimination game in 2014. He also recorded 71 RBI, 15 stolen bases and a fielding percentage of .969.

— Stanford Athletics/Menlo Athletics

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