June 9, 2009
Two Missouri pitchers had their names called by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in the first round of the 2009 MLB First Year Players Draft, which got underway on Tuesday. Aaron Crow was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 12th overall pick and Kyle Gibson went to the Minnesota Twins with the 22nd pick of the first round.
Last year, the Washington Nationals selected Crow with the ninth pick, but Crow did not sign, electing to re-enter the draft this year. He was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and winner of the Clemens Award in 2008 after going 13-0 that season for Mizzou. The 13 wins led the NCAA and his 127 strikeouts were sixth most in the nation that year. Crow was a two-time All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection for the Tigers and was an All-American in 2008.
Gibson went 11-3 this past season for Missouri and tied the school record with 131 strikeouts on the year. He is second all-time at MU with 304 careers strikeouts and his 28 career wins is tied for second most in school history. Gibson has already garnered 2009 Louisville Slugger All-American honors and was an All-Big 12 First Team selection and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He was previously drafted out of high school, as the Philadelphia Phillies took him in the 36th round of the 2006 Draft.
This marks the first time that Mizzou has had two first round draft picks in the same year. Max Scherzer was the first Tiger to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft, when he was picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 11th overall selection in 2006.
Forty-eight players have now been drafted out of Missouri since 1996, Tim Jamieson's first year as the Tigers' head coach.
The draft will continue with rounds two and three on Tuesday night. The fourth-30th rounds are scheduled for Wednesday and the Draft will conclude on Thursday with the 31st through 50th rounds.