Oregon State pitcher goes in first round of MLB draft
Oregon State sophomore Drew Rasmussen made a big comeback late this season, returning from Tommy John surgery to pitch for the Beavers.
Now it might be time for a big goodbye.
Rasmussen, who redshirted a year, was drafted in the first round on Monday night at No. 31 overall by the Tampa Bay Rays.
He was the first Beaver to go in the MLB draft and the second player from the state of Oregon to be taken in this year's extravaganza.
Rasmussen's selection came 11 picks after the New York Mets went with Oregon Ducks junior David Peterson, another pitcher.
Rasmussen, a right-hander from Mt. Spokane (Washington High, was drafted in 2014 by the Arizona Diamondbacks, after finishing his prep career. That year, he went in the 39th round.
He wound up at OSU, though, and is 14-5 with a 2.68 in his career, which has consisted of 24 starts and 31 appearances.
He has 146 strikeouts and 45 walks and has limited opposing batters to a .215 average in 164 2/3 innings.
Peterson is the second Beaver to be drafted by Tampa Bay. Ryan Dunn went to the Rays in the 17th round in 2012.