A pair of Iowa players were selected during Tuesday’s portion of the MLB Amateur Draft. Junior first baseman Jake Adams and Mason McCoy, a senior shortstop, both were picked in the sixth round.
The Houston Astros tabbed Adams, the NCAA home run leader, with the No. 181 overall choice. McCoy came off the board seven picks later when the Baltimore Orioles grabbed him.
Per MLB.com, the approximate value of the contract for Adams would be $249,600. It puts McCoy’s at $235,700. Adams has the leverage of going back to school for his senior year, which could increase his deal.
Adams (6-3, 240) was the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, a semifinalist for the Golden Spike Award given to the country’s top player and landed on multiple all-American teams. He led the nation in home runs (29).
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McCoy (6-0, 175) earned second-team all-Big Ten laurels after leading the leads the conference in runs (49) during the regular season. He ranked second in doubles (16) and tied for third in hits (72).
Adams and McCoy were the highest picks from Iowa since the Kansas City Royals picked Wes Obermueller in the second round of the 1999 draft. Before that, you had to go back to ’92 when Danan Hughes was chosen in the third round by the Milwaukee Brewers.