Astros Add Iowa’s Cole McDonald in MLB Draft

June 5, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Hawkeye baseball continued its stretch of good fortune in the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday when the Houston Astros selected right-handed pitcher Cole McDonald.

Iowa’s Friday starter heard his name called in the 15th round. The fourth-year senior from New Hampton (IA) High was the 466th player chosen overall.

McDonald (6-1, 220) posted a 6-3 record this spring. He logged a a 3.54 ERA in 15 starts and finished the season with 83 strikeouts in 89 innings. He became the 10th Hawkeye pitcher and the 21st player overall selected during coach Rich Heller’s six seasons at the helm.

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Iowa now has seen one of its players picked in the last 13 drafts. Last season, five Hawkeyes were chosen, including Robert Neustrom in Round five and Tyler Cropley three rounds later. Nick Allgeyer, the team’s Friday starter a year ago, joined Toronto in the 12th round.

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The Astros picked former Hawkeye Jake Adams in the sixth round of the 2017 draft. The Big Ten player of the year that season, the first baseman has advanced to High A ball with the Fayetteville Woodpeckers of the Carolina League.

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