Once again, the Colorado Rockies have found a pitcher on Texas’ campus.
Texas sophomore left-hander Nick Kennedy was scooped up by Colorado in the fifth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. Kennedy was the 146th player off the board.
This marks the third straight year that Colorado has used a high draft pick on a Texas pitcher. Last year, the Rockies took Ty Culbreth in the eighth round. Parker French was the Rockies’ fifth-round choice in 2015.
— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) June 13, 2017
In David Pierce’s first year at Texas, Kennedy was used as both a mid-week starter and a weekend reliever. The six-foot, 200-pound Kennedy went 8-2 with a 3.02 ERA, and nine of his 19 appearances were starts. Kennedy struck out 59 and surrendered three home runs in his 53.2 innings of work. He issued 20 walks.
Kennedy is only a year removed from posting an 8.44 ERA over 17 freshman-year appearances. He was recently named a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, which is given annually to college baseball’s breakout player of the year.
Since he has two years of collegiate eligibility left, Kennedy will have until July 15 to decide if he’ll return to Texas or sign with the Rockies. As the 146th pick in the MLB Draft, Kennedy’s signing bonus has an estimated value of $343,100.
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