Beeler Selected by Chicago Cubs on Draft's Final Day
Beeler, a draft-eligible sophomore, joins Tyler Saladino (7th round, Chicago White Sox) as the only ORU players selected. This marks the second time Beeler has been picked in the draft. Toronto chose the Jenks High School graduate in the 37th round in 2008.
Coming off Tommy John surgery, Beeler appeared in just 12 games, making two starts. He posted a 2-0 record and 5.18 ERA in 24.1 innings, striking out 19 batters with 13 walks.
Beeler’s best outing came on May 21 against North Dakota State when he struck out a season-high seven batters in five innings to earn the win against the Bison.
Four signees were also selected in the draft, all on Tuesday. Right-handed pitcher Aaron Kurcz (College of Southern Nevada) was taken in the 10th round by the Chicago Cubs, while right-handed pitcher Alex Gonzalez (Boca Raton (Fla.) Community HS) was plucked in the 11th round by Baltimore. Outfielder Brandon King (Fresno CC) went to Baltimore in the 16th round, and Toronto pegged LHP Art Charles (Bakersfield College) in the 20th round.
Beeler is the 32nd player drafted by a Major League franchise in Rob Walton’s seven seasons as head coach.