Evan Kravetz is the second Rice baseball product selected in the 2019 MLB Draft, coming off the board as a Fifth Round selection by the Cincinnati Reds.
Six months ago Evan Kravetz wasn’t expected to be a collegiate starting pitcher. The senior southpaw had made four starts in his career entering the 2019 season, appearing primarily out of the bullpen. He was effective there, but injuries opened the door for him to become a weekend starter in his final season.
Fast forward six months. Kravetz was a second-team All-Conference USA selection who claimed College Baseball National Pitcher of the Week and Conference USA Pitcher of the week this season. His 3.24 ERA and 1.12 WHIP were second on the team, trailing only 2019 second round pick Matt Canterino.
By most every measure, Kravetz had pitched like an MLB Draft-worthy pitcher. On Tuesday those inklings became reality when the Cincinnati Reds selected Evan Kravetz with the 144th pick of the 2019 MLB Draft.
Being selected never seemed too farfetched — Kravetz was a solid pitcher before his senior campaign. But the effectiveness and poise displayed on the mound in 2019 had a demonstrable effect on the round Kravetz was selected in. He wasn’t a late round flier for his new team. He was valuable enough to spend a day two selection on. He’s part of their future.
It also shouldn’t come as a surprise the first two Rice Owls off the board came from their weekend rotation. The offense made some progress in 2019 and the defense took a massive leap forward. It was the starting rotation which never waived. It seems having multiple Top 10 MLB Draft selections in the rotation might have had something to do with the level of consistency.
The draft started Monday night with Round 1 and Round 2 before continuing Tuesday with Round 3 through Round 10. The remaining picks, Round 11 through Round 40 will take place on Tuesday. A full schedule a results tracker are available here.
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