Junior outfielder Matt Angle was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh round.
June 9, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State junior outfielder Matt Angle, junior catcher Eric Fryer and sophomore pitcher Jake Hale were all selected in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft Friday. Angle and Fryer have one year of eligibility remaining and Hale two, but all three would forgo their remaining years if they sign.
Angle (Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) was taken in the seventh round (219th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles, Fryer (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) in the 10th round (311th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers and Hale (Albany, Ohio/Alexander) in the 20th round (625th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays. Fryer and Angle were both captains this past season.
Junior left-handed pitcher Cory Luebke (Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local) was taken in the supplemental first round (63rd overall) by the San Diego Padres Thursday.
"It's an exciting time," said Angle. "It is something that you work for and it has always been a goal of mine. It is a stepping stone. The goal wasn't to just get drafted, but to get drafted, move up through the minor league system and make it to the next level. Ohio State has a great history of players getting drafted and even making it to the next level with players like Nick Swisher. I would also like to thank Coach (Bob) Todd and the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at OSU and for helping me advance my baseball skills."
Angle led the Buckeyes this season with a .366 average, 53 runs, 37 walks, 22 stolen bases and four triples in 59 games. He was second on the squad in hits with 79. Angle was a first-team All-Big Ten and a second-team All-Mideast Region pick as a sophomore and a third-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior.
"I am real excited about the opportunity to perform at the next level," said Fryer. "A lot of hard work went in to getting to this point. I want to thank Coach (Bob Todd) and the coaching staff for helping me grow as a player. I was pretty raw when I got to Ohio State and the coaches refined my skills and helped me tremendously."
Fryer was tied for fifth on the team in hitting at .322, first in doubles (16), second in RBI (50) and third in hits (74). He started 61 of 62 games on the year and was a second-team All-Big Ten choice this season. Fryer was a second-team All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region pick as a sophomore.
Hale was the team's closer for most of the season and led the team with 10 saves before being moved into the starting rotation. He started four of his last five appearances of the season and finished 4-3 on the year with a 4.25 ERA, including a nine-inning complete game in a 4-2 win over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament. He appeared in a team-high 26 games and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team with two wins. Hale was selected in the 24th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.
Luebke was named first-team All-Mideast Region Thursday and was earlier named the Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Year and a unanimous first-team all-conference selection. He was also the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player. In all games this year, Luebke led the Big Ten in ERA (2.07 ERA), strikeouts (98) and innings pitched (117.2), while holding his opponents to a stingy .213 batting average and walking just 28 batters. He finished the year with a 9-1 record in 16 appearances, all starts. Luebke tossed three complete games, including a 10-inning complete game in OSU's 6-5 win over Le Moyne in the NCAA Tournament. The Big Ten's 2007 strikeout king, Luebke fanned 50 batters through 56.1 innings of work in the conference season while walking just 24 batters.
With three selections in the first 10 rounds, the Buckeyes have now had 10 players chosen in the Top 10 rounds of the draft since 2000, including Nick Swisher of the Oakland A's who went 16th overall in 2002. Prior to this draft, Coach Todd has had 66 professional baseball signees, including 18 in the Top 10 rounds. Luebke was the third highest Buckeye drafted since 1992. Ronnie Bourquin was selected in the second round (50th overall) in 2006, Swisher in 2002 and Mike Durant in the second round (46th overall) in 1991.
There is a chance that other current or future Buckeyes could be drafted with the draft midway through 37 of the 50-round draft.