Missouri State's Jake Burger Picked In First Round Of MLB Draft

Kristopher Nichols
June 14, 2017

Rounds 3 through 10 were conducted, with the remainder of the 40-round draft to be held Wednesday.

The St. Louis Cardinals did not have a pick in the first two rounds Monday. The Chesterfield, MO native was named the 2017 MVC Player of the Year.

Part of Houck's excitement might be because of the Red Sox's rotation, too.

Houck's best season came in 2016 when he posted a 2.99 ERA and fanned 106 batters in 105 1/3 innings, scattering 82 hits and only 27 walks. They've been great through numerous years.

Burger is also a long time White Sox fan who tries to model himself after Paul Konerko. They also lack long-term security in the starting rotation, where David Price could opt out after the 2018 season and both Chris Sale and Rick Porcello are only signed through 2019. As he alluded, there are some areas for a college guy that's been this successful at a very high level, we feel there are some areas where he can improve.

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Burger becomes the second highest draft pick in Missouri State baseball history.

There's far less of a guarantee of early success at the end of the first round, but it would not be unprecedented. Back in 2014, after graduating from Collinsville High School in IL, the Blue Jays selected him in the 12th round with the 354th overall pick.

Houck was the first college pitcher the Red Sox picked in the first round since 2012, when the club added left-hander Brian Johnson with pick No. 31.

There are questions about whether or not he can stick in the rotation, but the stuff is certainly there for Houck to be a major-league pitcher in some capacity.

Their collective ideas have brought three World Series titles to Boston, and have helped to redefine the culture and stigma of the Red Sox.

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