NEW YORK—CSU Bakersfield's Ryan Grotjohn was selected in the 10th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks June 13.
Grotjohn was the 292nd player selected and becomes the highest Roadrunner position player taken in the MLB Draft. Ryan McIntyre (OF), was selected in the 12th round of the 2011 draft as was Tyler Shryock (SS) who was selected in the 12th round of the 2013 draft by the Chicago White Sox.
The 6-2 shortstop led Division I in hitting for two weeks during the 2017 season before finishing the regular season seventh (.390) in the category. A first team All-Conference selection this past season, Grotjohn tied the school record for most hits in a game when had five (including a school record three doubles) at UC Riverside. He was named WAC Hitter of the Week on two occasions this past season. Grotjohn hit one home run and posted 42 RBI's. He also led the Roadrunners in slugging percentage (.512), hits (83), doubles (15), and was second on the squad in on-base percentage (.459).
Grotjohn, a Scottsdale, Ariz. native, become the 17th CSUB player to be taken in the MLB Draft since the program was established in 2009. The draft resumes Wednesday at 9 a.m. (PT) with rounds 11-40 being selected.