Four Cougars Taken on Day Two of MLB Draft

June 13, 2017

HOUSTON – Houston Baseball’s Connor Wong (3rd/100), Jake Scheiner (4th/113), Corey Julks (8th/241) and John King (10th/314) were each drafted among Major League Baseball’s Top 10 Rounds during Day 2 of the 2017 MLB Draft on Tuesday.

Drafted in the third round at No. 100 overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wong became the highest drafted Cougar since Donnie Joseph was taken in the third round (#88) in the 2009 MLB Draft.

Scheiner followed Wong as a fourth round selection at No. 113 overall by the Philadelphia Phillies. Julks was taken by the Hometown Houston Astros in the eighth round at No. 241 overall, while John King rounded out Day 2 being taken in the 10th Round by the Texas Rangers at No. 314th overall.


  • 2017 marks the first year since 2004 that Houston had at least two Top 5 Round MLB Draft selections (Wong, Scheiner – 2017 | Mock, Johnson – 2004).
  • Houston has a running total of 145 drafted players and has had a Cougar drafted in 20 of the last 21 years.
  • Of the 145 players drafted all-time, 42 were drafted among the Top 10 rounds.
  • Under Todd Whitting in seven years, 29 players have been drafted and of the 29, 23 were undrafted heading into the University of Houston.

Connor Wong
Round: 3 | Pick: 100 | Los Angeles Dodgers
Pearland, Texas | C | Junior


  • Named to All-American Athletic Conference Second Team (C)
  • Named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List
  • Started all 63 games this season, the only Cougar to do so.
  • Saw action primarily at catcher, but also played a few games at shortstop and in the outfield.
  • Finished second on the team with 76 hits, led the conference with 61 runs scored.
  • Hit .287 and slugged .494 with 13 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs.
  • Led the American with 26 stolen bases.
  • Became first Cougar since Jake Stewart in 2008 to tally 10+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases in a single season.
  • Totaled 19 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games.
  • Hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning vs. Iowa (June 4) in the NCAA Houston Regional to send the Cougars into the regional final matchup.
  • Had a career day, going 4-for-5 with three home runs, five RBI and four runs scored in a run-rule win over Tulane on April 23.
  • Has scored at least three runs in six games this season in the leadoff position.

Connor Wong became the first player in Houston history since Jake Stewart in 2008 to tally at least 10+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases in a single season.

Jake Scheiner
Round: 4 | Pick: 113 | Philadelphia Phillies
Santa Rosa, Calif. | Junior | 3B


  • Named a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball
  • Named American Co-Player of the Year
  • Named to All-American Athletic Conference First Team (UTL)
  • Named a Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
  • Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List
  • Named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week once
  • Appeared in all 63 regular-season games, making 62 starts in the infield.
  • Has played shortstop, second base and third base this season.
  • Led the American in home runs with 18 and RBI with 64 as well as total bases with 162.
  • Led Houston with a .346 average, 18 doubles and a .667 slugging percentage.
  • Broke the Houston NCAA postseason single-game RBI record with six RBI in a 17-3 win over Baylor in the Houston Regional (June 3).
  • Had a career day, tallying a five-hit game vs. Alabama State on March 19 when he belted three home runs and drove in seven RBI.
  • Named National Player of the Week (March 20) after hitting .813 (13x16) with six home runs and 15 RBI, helping the Cougars to a 4-0 week (March 14-19). He slugged 2.063 and scored eight runs.
  • Led Houston with 18 multi-RBI games and is second with 22 multi-hit games.
  • Has had a hit in 49 of the 63 games and an RBI in 32 of the 62 games.

Jake Scheiner became just the third Cougar in program history to be tabbed Conference Player of the Year and first since 1990. He joins Southwest Conference Players of the Year Keith Darter (1990) and Rayner Noble (1983) on this exclusive list.

Corey Julks
Round: 8 | Pick: 241 | Houston Astros
Friendswood, Texas | Junior | OF


  • Named to All-American Athletic Conference First Team (OF)
  • Named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week once this season.
  • Appeared in 59 games, making 57 starts this season.
  • Owned a .335 average with 72 hits, six triples and nine home runs.
  • Led Houston with a .379 average, 33 hits and 25 RBI in conference-only games.
  • Has 21 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games this season.
  • Had a career-day at Tulane, belting a three-run home run and grand slam in the ninth inning alone as Houston scored 11 runs in the frame. He finished with seven RBI and two home runs.
  • Finished second on the team with 15 stolen bases.
  • Had two four-hit games, both in conference play and in wins over UConn and Tulane.
  • Had a multi-hit game in eight of the last 10 games of the season and drove in 12 runs during those 10 games.
  • Wrapped up the season with a team-high 25-game on base streak and a 10-game hitting streak.
  • Reached base in 46 of the final 47 games of the year.

John King
Round: 10 | Pick: 2314 | Texas Rangers
Missouri City, Texas | Senior | LHP


  • Was the only senior on the Houston roster.
  • Named to American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team.
  • Finished the season with an 8-1 record and a 3.11 ERA, which was good enough for fifth-best in the league.
  • Appeared in 13 games, making 12 starts – totaled 81.0 innings.
  • Led the league with only 10 walks allowed all season.
  • Finished second on the team with three complete games.
  • Had back-to-back complete games in wins at Texas A&M-CC (Feb. 26) and at Baylor (March 12).
  • Notched a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits in a win at Baylor.
  • Two of his eight wins came in wins over Baylor – second in a 5.2 inning outing during the NCAA Houston Regional on June 3.
  • Was the winning pitcher in both the regular-season conference championship-clinching win over Cincinnati (May 20) and in the conference tournament title game in a win over East Carolina (May 28).
  • Didn’t allow a triple or a wild pitch all season.

The 2017 MLB Draft will wrap with its final day of coverage on Wednesday with Rounds 11-40 set to begin at 11 a.m. CT on MLB.com.

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