LUBBOCK, Texas – Junior right-hander Chad Bettis, drafted in the second round by the Colorado Rockies, highlighted the 2010 MLB First-Year player draft for the Texas Tech Red Raiders that wrapped up today in New York City.
A total of five current players and two signees for 2011 were selected over the three-day draft that began on Monday with the first and compensatory rounds and concluded today with rounds 31-50.
Bettis became the highest drafted Red Raider since Matt Miller back in 1996 when he was also selected in the second round by the Detroit Tigers. Bettis was the 76th overall pick in the draft and was rewarded after compiling a 7-4 record along with 10 saves during his junior season. He will leave a lasting mark on the Tech records books as he is the school's all-time saves leader with 17.
Shortly after Bettis was taken in the second round, fellow junior right-hander Bobby Doran was selected by the Houston Astros in the fourth round as the 123rd overall pick. Doran was Tech's top starter this season as he put together a 5-4 record with one save and led the team with a 4.35 ERA over 89 innings of work.
Junior left-hander Jay Johnson was selected in the 26th round on Tuesday by the Toronto Blue Jays while junior catcher Jeremy Mayo was taken today in the 31st round by the Washington Nationals. Johnson was 3-4 on the year while Mayo tallied a .299 batting average. Junior-right hander Brett Bruening was the final current player selected as he was grabbed up in the 42nd round by the Chicago White Sox.
Parker Bridwell (RHP), a dual sport star from nearby Hereford, was the highest drafted signee as he was taken in the ninth round by the Baltimore Orioles. Right-hander Zach Nuding, from Haltom City and current member of the Weatherford College baseball team, was taken in the 30th round by the New York Yankees.