Two Missouri pitchers were selected on Tuesday in the second day of the MLB Draft in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Junior left-hander Michael Plassmeyer had a breakout season in 2018, striking out 103 batters and posting an ERA of 3.05. Plassmeyer was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the fourth round Tuesday.
The lefty’s signing bonus with Seattle at the No. 118 overall pick in the draft is expected to be around $469,400. Plassmeyer is unlikely to return to Missouri.
Plassmeyer doesn’t have overwhelming stuff — his fastball rarely tops 91 or 92 mph — but the southpaw possesses great command, posting his high strikeout numbers against just 17 walks on the season. He changed the grip on his curveball to excellent effect in 2018.
His rotation-mates at season’s end, sophomore TJ Sikkema and junior Tyler LaPlante, weren’t drafted and will contribute during the 2019 season. But the man LaPlante replaced in the Tigers’ rotation could be leaving along with Plassmeyer.
Redshirt junior Bryce Montes de Oca saw his draft stock drop after an inconsistent year where he was hampered by injury, struggled with command and fell out of the Tigers’ weekend rotation.
Still, Montes de Oca was scooped up by the New York Mets in the ninth round at the No. 260 overall pick. The expected signing bonus for his slot is $152,100.
The 6-foot-7 right-hander put up an ERA of 3.13 for Missouri in 2018. He struck out 65 and walked 33 in 54 ? innings. The walks proved to be his main shortcoming, as Montes de Oca allowed the lowest batting average against (.171) of any Tiger pitcher.
Montes de Oca can run his fastball up into the upper 90s and occasionally hit 100. His command struggles may mean he profiles as a reliever in professional baseball, but the Mets may give him a chance to start should he sign with the club.
Three MU commits — Trey Dillard, Jacob Cantleberry and Luke Mann — were potential draftees, but none have heard their name called yet.
Dillard and Cantleberry will join the Tigers from Texas’ San Jacinto College, where both have found success on the mound. Dillard, a righty, is No. 140 in the MLB.com Top 200 and can throw upwards of 98 mph. Mann, of MSHSAA Class 5 State Champion Vianney, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Missouri in May.