Bryce Osmond said he was “surprised” but not “disappointed” that he wasn’t chosen higher in the Major League Baseball Daft.
The Jenks pitcher/shortstop was rated the No. 53 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline, and was projected to go as early as the second round. But he wasn’t taken until Wednesday, the final day of the three-day draft. The Washington Nationals picked him in the 35th of 40 rounds.
“I’m a little surprised after the talk I’ve had with some of the teams, but I’m not disappointed,” he said. “As the draft unfolded, it was obvious that teams were going with college players and it’s a trend that continued.”
Osmond, who pitched Jenks into the Class 6A state semifinals, also signed with Oklahoma State’s Big 12-champion Cowboys and has made it clear that he wouldn’t be rushed to the pro level under less-than-ideal conditions.
He said he plans to be in Stillwater for freshman orientation Thursday morning. After that, he departs for Massachusetts to play in the Futures League summer session for top college freshmen.
“I’ve said all along that signing with OSU wasn’t my backup plan,” Osmond said. “I see it as a real opportunity to go to college, pursue my education, work on my skills and hopefully get better and see where I can get drafted in three years. All I can say is, ‘Go Pokes.’ ”
OSU opens its best-of-three super regional against Big 12 rival Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Friday in Lubbock.
Osmond was one of 30 players with Oklahoma ties chosen on the final draft day, covering rounds 11 through 40.
Others included former Broken Arrow standout and Seminole State freshman Mack Chambers III, and OSU slugger and former Memorial High standout Trevor Boone.
Chambers was the first Oklahoman chosen Wednesday, going in the 11th round to the Chicago Cubs on the 342nd overall pick.
He batted .404 with eight home runs and 64 RBIs in his first college season. He said he feels ready to play at the next level and plans to fly to the Cubs’ training facility in Mesa, Arizona, and sign a contract in the coming days.
“I’ll probably take off a couple of weeks to hang out with my family for as long as I can before I have to go away for a long time,” he said. “It’s exciting. I’ve been working hard for this ever since I was 3 years old.”
Boone, a junior outfielder, went to the Colorado Rockies in the 18th round. He led the Big 12 with 20 homers and had the most dramatic blow of OSU’s postseason. His two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Cowboys over Nebraska 6-5 in the regional semifinal.
Boone was the fifth of eight OSU players chosen, including Logan Gragg and Peyton Battenfield, chosen in the eighth and ninth rounds Tuesday, and Brady Basso (16th round), Jason Ruffcorn (18th) and Jensen Elliott (19th) on Wednesday.
Osmond was the fifth of six players chosen from state high school ranks. Also drafted were a pair of University of Oklahoma signees — Owasso shortstop Connor Beichler (27th round, San Francisco Giants) and Bixby left-handed pitcher/slugger Jake Bennett (39th round, Nationals).
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