Right-Hander Slater Lee Selected by Oakland Athletics in 24th Round

Right-Hander Slater Lee Selected by Oakland Athletics in 24th Round

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Senior right-hander Slater Lee became the third and final Cal Poly baseball player selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft, chosen by the Oakland Athletics in the 24th round Wednesday.

The 711th overall pick, Lee posted a 4-2 record and 2.86 ERA in his final season as a Mustang. Winner of the team's Dick Morrow Coaches Award earlier this month, Lee (6-0, 200, Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad High School) also earned two saves, striking out 54 batters over 44 innings.

He won 11 games in his four-year career at Cal Poly, including a two-hit shutout against then-defending national champion UCLA in 2014.

Cal Poly has had three players chosen in the MLB Draft for two straight years. During Larry Lee's 15 seasons with the Mustangs, a total of 66 Cal Poly players have been drafted, including 64 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. That total includes second-round pick Spencer Howard by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday and fourth-round choice Erich Uelmen by the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

All three Mustangs drafted this year are pitchers.

Cal Poly had two players chosen in the top four rounds of the same draft for the fifth time in program history, all under 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.

Howard, the 45th overall pick, became the third Mustang to be drafted in the second round and the Templeton High School graduate, who posted an 8-1 record and 2.05 ERA this season, 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.

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 was 9-12 in his three seasons as a Mustang with a 3.66 ERA, two saves and 187 strikeouts over 211 2/3 innings.

One of Cal Poly's 12 National Letter of Intent signees, center fielder Cole Cabrera of Punahou High School in Hawai'i, was selected Wednesday in the 37th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. The 5-10, 160-pound senior was the 1,099th player chosen after earning second-team All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division 1 honors this spring.

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 wrapping up the 1,215-player draft Wednesday.