BAKERSFIELD, Calif- Four more Bakersfield Roadrunners were selected on Saturday during the completion of Major League Baseball’s First Year Player draft, making it the largest draft class ever in the short history of Roadrunners baseball.
Junior shortstop Tyler Shryock (Tehachapi, Calif., Desert Christian HS) was the first to be taken on day three being selected in the 12th round by the Chicago White Sox with the 363rd overall pick. Shryock was named WAC Player of the Year for his efforts in 2013 which included a team second-best .357 batting average, 28 RBIs and a .950 fielding percentage. Shryock also had a team-high 89 hits on the season. He had 11 doubles, three triples and a .413 on-base-percentage.
Later in the 16th round, with the 468th overall pick the Chicago Cubs selected junior catcher Cael Brockmeyer (Vineyard Haven, Mass., Avon Old Farms HS). Brockmeyer was named first-team All-WAC in 2013 while leading Bakersfield with 51 RBIs while hitting .330 with a team-high four homeruns and 13 doubles. Brockmeyer split time at first base and behind the plate in 2013 while recording a .992 fielding percentage.
Both Shryock and Brockmeyer are juniors and have a year of eligibility remaining should they choose to return to CSUB.
Senior pitcher Chuck Buchanan (Las Vegas, Nev. Alan Hancock CC), was selected in the 18th round by the Atlanta Braves with the 553rd overall pick. Buchanan finished the CSUB season strong after recovering from shoulder surgery which shortened his junior season with Bakersfield. Buchanan posted a 3-3 record with a 4.39 ERA in 2013 which included four starts and 12 appearances. Buchanan also recorded 48 strikeouts against the 147 hitters he faced this past season.
Senior and WAC Pitcher of the Year Jeff McKenzie (El Dorado Hills, Calif., San Joaquin Delta CC) was the second Roadrunner selected by the White Sox Saturday as he was taken in the 28th round with the 848th overall pick. McKenzie was dominate for Bakersfield on Friday nights posting a 13-2 record with a 1.88 ERA. He was named WAC Pitcher of the Year for his efforts which also included a team-high 88 strikeouts while opponents hit only .245 against him.
McKenzie is now the third Roadrunner drafted by the White Sox organization joining current teammate Tyler Shryock and Martin Medina who was selected in 2011 in the 20th round and is currently playing for the Winston-Salem Dash, the White Sox’ Advanced A Carolina League affiliate.
The five draft picks were the most ever for CSUB baseball, surpassing the four draft picks from the 2011 season.
CSUB pitcher Scott Brattvet (Sr., Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Santa Ana CC) was the first ‘Runner to be selected on Friday being taken in the 8th round with the 255th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds. It was the highest position a Roadrunner has been selected in the MLB draft.