Erich Uelmen Chosen by Chicago Cubs in Fourth Round of MLB Draft

Erich Uelmen Chosen by Chicago Cubs in Fourth Round of MLB Draft

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly junior right-hander Erich Uelmen was the final selection of the fourth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday, taken by the Chicago Cubs.

Coupled with sophomore right-hander Spencer Howard's selection in the second round by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, Cal Poly has had two players chosen in the top four rounds of the same draft for the fifth time in program history, all under head coach Larry Lee.

Back in 2005, southpaw Garrett Olson was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the compensatory first round while right-hander Jimmy Shull was selected in the fourth round by the Oakland Athletics.

In 2007, outfielder Grant Desme was a second-round selection by the Athletics while right-hander Evan Reed was a third-round pick of the Texas Rangers. In 2008, both third baseman Brent Morel (Chicago White Sox) and outfielder Logan Schafer (Milwaukee Brewers) were third-round selections.

And in 2014, southpaw Matt Imhof was taken in the second round by the Philadelphia Phillies while outfielder Nick Torres went in the fourth round, drafted by the San Diego Padres.

In being the 135th overall pick, Uelmen is the 17th-highest Mustang taken in the draft. The 2014 Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas) High School graduate posted 2.93 ERA, fifth-best in the Big West this season.

Facing the best pitcher the opposition could field every Friday night, Uelmen finished 4-8 overall, earning wins in his final two starts against UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside. His 100 strikeouts were No. 2 in the conference and No. 49 in the nation.

The 6-3, 210-pounder saved his best for last, scattering five hits over eight innings for the 11-2 win at UC Santa Barbara and tossing a six-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts in the 1-0 victory over UC Riverside during the final weekend of the regular season. It was his second career shutout and third career complete game.

Uelmen also struck out 10 against both Pacific and Wichita State. He was 9-12 in his there seasons as a Mustang with a 3.66 ERA, two saves and 187 strikeouts over 211 2/3 innings.

During Lee's 15 seasons with the Mustangs, a total of 65 Cal Poly players have been drafted, including 63 in the last 13 years. A total of 29 Cal Poly players have been drafted in the top 10 rounds over the last 13 years, including 17 Mustangs in the top five rounds.

Two rounds and a pair of competitive balance rounds were held Monday in the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J. Rounds 3-10 were completed Tuesday with rounds 11-40 to wrap up the draft Wednesday.

Howard, the 45th overall pick Monday, became the third Mustang to be drafted in the second round and is the third-highest pick in Cal Poly baseball history in terms of overall selection.

Catcher John Orton was the 25th overall selection by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 1987 while outfielder Mitch Haniger was the 38th overall selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012. Those two players were chosen in the first round along with southpaw Garrett Olson, the 48th overall pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 2005.

Other former Mustangs selected in the second round include southpaw Matt Imhof by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014 and outfielder Grant Desme by the Oakland Athletics in 2007.