June 6, 2006
Four Mizzou baseball players were taken on the opening day of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Players' Draft on Tuesday. Junior Max Scherzer was the 11th player taken overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Junior Nathan Culp was a fourth-round pick of the San Diego Padres, junior Brett Reynolds went to Arizona in the 17th round and junior Hunter Mense was also selected in the 17th round by Florida.
Scherzer becomes the highest-ever draft pick in Mizzou baseball history. Previously, the highest ever Tiger drafted was Dave Silvestri, who was taken by Houston in the second round in 1988.
Scherzer has a career 2.30 ERA for Mizzou and has struck out 226 batters in his three seasons at MU. This season, he has a Big 12 Conference best 1.95 ERA with a 7-2 record. Included in the seven wins is a victory over then-No. 1 Florida on Feb. 24 and a 7-inning shutout over Oklahoma at the Big 12 Tournament.
Culp has an 11-5 record on the year, which is tied for the school record for wins in a season. He has pitched a pair of 3-hit shutouts this season. He was an All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection this year. Culp has a career ERA of 3.66 at Mizzou with a 24-11 record, striking out 200 in 285.1 innings pitched.
Mense was a third-team All-American last year and was a member of Team USA last summer. In the last 18 games, Mense is hitting .389 with eight extra base hits and 15 RBI.
Reynolds has appeared in nine games out of the bullpen for MU. He pitched three innings against Southeast Missouri State on April 12, striking out two in his longest outing of the year. He allowed a run in just two of the nine appearances on the mound.
The Tigers won the NCAA Malibu Regional last weekend and have advanced to the Super Regionals against Cal Stat-Fullerton. The Super Regional will get underway at 9 p.m. CT on Friday.