Published 9:50 am, Thursday, June 15, 2017
Photo: Guiseppe Barranco, Photo Editor
Four Lamar Cardinals baseball players were selected in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft Wednesday afternoon, the most Lamar has had drafted since 2009.
Lamar has had at least one pitcher drafted in each of the last seven seasons — nine total in that span.
Lamar has had at least one player drafted in 15 of the last 16 seasons, and the last seven straight.
The Southland Conference as a whole had 18 selections, led by Lamar’s four. Sam Houston State followed with three, and McNeese, Southeastern Louisiana and Central Arkansas all had two apiece.
Lance (7-7, 4.17 earned run average) was the highest pick (485) to come out of Lamar since Jonathan
Dziedzic — now with the AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals — was selected in the 13th round.
Arredondo — the first catcher to be drafted out of Lamar since Michael Ambort in 2007 — is a two-time All-Southland Conference catcher, selected as a first-teamer his junior season and a third-teamer in 2017.
Johnson served time as both a closer and starter in his two-year stay with the Cardinals. For his career, he pitched in 42 games and started 12 — 10 of those in his senior season. His record finished at 13-8 with seven career saves, and had a 4.73 earned run average across 125.2 total innings. He totaled 88 career strikeouts to 45 walks.
Russell — the 2016 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year — is a two-time All-Southland Conference pick after taking the first-team designation his junior season and third-team mark his senior season.
He tied for the team’s lead in home runs (10), which gave him 28 career bombs that ranked fourth all-time at Lamar. He has the most homers hit for a two-year player at Big Red.