Oklahomans didn’t have a lot to talk about Tuesday until the second day of the Major League Baseball amateur draft moved into the late afternoon.
It wasn’t until the eighth round that Oklahoma State pitcher Logan Gragg and University of Oklahoma pitcher Nathan Wiles were chosen within three slots of one another by the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays, respectively, 245th and 248th overall.
Oral Roberts University two-way performer Spencer Henson and OSU pitcher Peyton Battenfield followed in the ninth round, chosen by the New York Yankees and Houston Astros, respectively, 285th and 286th overall.
Hudson Head, an OU signee from San Antonio’s Winston Churchill High School, didn’t have to wait as long for his name to be called. He was chosen in the third round by the San Diego Padres with the 84th overall selection.
Rounds 11 through 40 will be conducted Wednesday.
Gragg, a 6-foot-5, 199-pound junior from Prairie Grove, Arkansas, is 3-3 with two saves in his first OSU season after playing two years at Connors State, where he underwent and overcame Tommy John surgery.
Wiles, a junior from Overland Park, Kansas, went 8-3 with a 3.67 ERA in 2019 and is 19-10 with 186 strikeouts over three collegiate seasons.
Henson, a junior from Pryor, batted .352 with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs as a junior and recorded seven saves on the mound. As a sophomore, he was the fourth player in Summit League history to win a triple crown, leading the conference in hitting (.362), homers (10) and RBIs (58).
Battenfield, a junior right-hander who played on three high school state championship teams at Verdigris, is 4-3 with a 2.91 in his third OSU season, He has 71 strikeouts in 58⅔ innings.