4 Seahawks picked in first 10 rounds of MLB Draft

Alex Royalty pitched a complete game for UNCW in the 9-2 win over the Huskies. (Photo: Joe Browning/UNCW Sports)

WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW Sports) – UNCW saw three more players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday as Austin Warren, Alex Royalty and Clark Cota were tabbed bringing UNCW’s total of draft picks to four in the first 10 rounds.

Warren was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth round with the 181st pick of the draft. As a senior, Warren keyed the bullpen with an 8-0 record while compiling an earned run average of 1.75 in a team-high 28 appearances. In the postseason, Warren took his performance to another level, posting a pair of saves in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament and earning All-Tournament honors. The righthander pitched 13.2 innings, allowing 10 hits and a walk and striking out 16.

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Royalty would go two rounds later when the Cleveland Indians selected the righthander with the 253rd pick overall. Royalty went 6-6 his junior season and made a conference-leading 17 starts. Over three seasons, Royalty has never missed a start. In the CAA tournament, he tossed his first career complete game in a 9-2 win over top-seeded Northeastern. He limited the Huskies to three hits, walked none and struck out five while inducing 15 ground ball outs.

Cota, who was selected in the 10th round by the Oakland Athletics, rounded out the trio of Seahawks selected on day two. Cota led the Seahawk bullpen with a UNCW single-season recording tying 13 saves while also posting a 4-0 record. He struck out 11.97 hitters per nine innings and limited opponents to a meager .145 batting average.

Along with Ryan Jeffers being selected in the second round on Monday, UNCW’s four players selected in the first 10 rounds is a new high for the program. Since 2014, the Seahawks have had 23 players drafted over those five seasons.

The draft concludes on Wednesday with rounds 11 through 40.