June 7, 2014
NEW YORK - Oakland baseball players Jake Paulson and Jake Morton were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the league announced via teleconference on Saturday. Paulson went in the 27th round, 815th overall, to the Cincinnati Reds, while Morton was selected in the 39th round, 1,178th overall, to the Cleveland Indians. This is the first time since 2004 multiple OU players have been drafted in the same year.
Paulson posted a team-best 3.68 ERA in 66.0 innings this season. He finished with a team-high four victories with 45 strikeouts in 12 starts. Paulson was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on March 3 after tossing 7.0 innings, allowing just one earned run with five strikeouts. He also earned the second win over a ranked opponent in school history allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings with eight fanned batters at No. 18 Oklahoma State on Feb. 22.
The 6-foot-6, redshirt junior is 8-16 all-time with a 4.11 ERA in 44 appearances, including 28 starts. Last season he became a weekend starter for the Golden Grizzlies posting a 5.33 ERA in 13 starts in 74.1 innings.
Morton, primarily a catcher at Oakland, was selected by the Indians as a right-handed pitcher. The native of Jenison, Mich. hit .239 on the season but raised his average to .296 with a .441 on-base percentage. He drove in 14 runs and scored 10 times in 2014 while making 35 starts in the field. He was named College Sports Madness Horizon Baseball Player of the Week on April 16 after going 9-for-13 with 4 RBIs including a perfect 4-for-4 effort against UIC.
Paulson and Morton are the third and fourth players drafted under head coach John Musachio since taking the helm in 2008. Hayden Fox was selected in the 21st round in 2012 by the Miami Marlins and Shane McCatty was taken in the 34th round by the Washington Nationals in 2009.