HOUSTON – Houston Baseball saw two Cougars selected by respective Major League Baseball organizations on the final day of the 2017 MLB Draft as Trey Cumbie (38th/1141) and Cooper Coldiron (39th/1185) were selected by the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs, respectively.
Joining Cumbie and Coldiron among Cougars drafted during the 2017 MLB Draft were Connor Wong, a third round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Scheiner, a fourth round selection at No. 113 overall by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Also drafted on Day 2 was Julks, who was taken by the Hometown Houston Astros in the eighth round at No. 241 overall and John King, who was 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 147 drafted players and has had a Cougar drafted in 20 of the last 21 years.
- Of the 147 players drafted all-time, 42 were drafted among the Top 10 rounds.
- Under Todd Whitting in seven years, 31 players have been drafted and of the 31, 25 were undrafted heading into the University of Houston.
- All six drafted Cougars were first-time draftees, having joined the University of Houston undrafted prior to their college stints. The six was the most previously undrafted since seven in 2000.
Round: 38th | Pick: 1,141 | Houston Astros
Lufkin, Texas | LHP | Draft-Eligible Sophomore
Cumbie led the American Athletic Conference with a 2.04 ERA and a 10-2 record in 15 starts. The southpaw fanned 82 in 101.1 innings and had four complete games to his name this season.
- Named to the ABCA All-Region First Team
- Named a First Team All-American by NCBWA
- Named a Second Team All-American by Perfect Game
- Named a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball
- Named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Month (May)
- Named American Co-Pitcher of the Year
- Named to All-American Athletic Conference First Team (SP)
- Named American Pitcher of the Week twice this season
- Led the American with a 2.04 ERA and a 10-2 record.
- Threw three straight complete games, becoming first Cougar since Brad Sullivan in 2002 to accomplish that feat.
- Has made 15 starts and tossed 101.1 innings.
- Had four complete games and two complete-game shutouts this season.
- Struck out 82 to just 15 walks.
- Struck out a career-high 11 hitters in a complete-game shutout win at Tulane.
- Won six straight starts from March 8 to April 13.
- Didn’t allow an earned run in four of his starts.
- Earned wins over Prairie View A&M, McNeese, Louisiana-Lafayette, Incarnate Word, East Carolina, Memphis, UConn (x2), Tulane and Cincinnati.
Cumbie became the first 10-game winner since Austin Pruitt went 10-5 back in 2013, while also becoming the fourth Cougar to be named Conference Pitcher of the Year in program history, but first since 2006.
Round: 39th | Pick: 1,141 | Chicago Cubs
Kilgore, Texas | Junior | INF
- Started the final 15 games of the year after having to sit out during the academic year
- Took over the starting job at shortstop following the end of the academic calendar year
- Made first start at Tulane (May 12) and went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in that win
- Played an integral late-season role up the middle, helping Houston to two conference championships and an NCAA Regional host bid
- Hit .245 in limited action and scored six runs and drove in six on two double
- Had a two-hit game in a win over Memphis in the American Championship (May 23)
- Walked eight times and had six sacrifice bunts on the year
- Finished the 15 games with a 4-for-4 effort on the base paths
Also drafted were Houston signees Eric Wagaman (13th/392) and Zach Needham (40th/1,203).
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