SECAUCUS, N.J. – Washington State junior right-handed pitcher Tanner Chleborad was the 16th round selection of the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.
The Rapid City, S.D., native posted a 3.84 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP for Washington State in 2014. He was the 481st player drafted overall and the third Cougar. Yale Rosen (11th round, San Diego Padres) and Nick Tanielu (14th round, Houston Astros) were each selected earlier in the day.
It is the first time since 1995 when Mike Kinkade (ninth round, Milwaukee Brewers), Ken Cameron (14th round, St. Louis Cardinals) and Mark Hendrickson (16th round, Detroit Tigers) that the Cougars have had three student-athletes drafted in the first 16 rounds.
“I’m extremely excited to have an opportunity to play at the next level,” Chleborad said. “There is still some negotiating to do, but I am eager to see how the process plays out.”
Chleborad has made 42 starts on the mound in his career, tied for eighth in Washington State history. He is the fourth Cougar to be drafted by the Orioles all-time, joining pitcher Bryce Chamberlin (sixth round, 2004), outfielder Derek Jones (13th round, 2011) and second baseman Tommy Richards (24th round, 2012). Jones and Richards are currently active in Minor League Baseball.