Sophomore pitcher and Templeton High School graduate Spencer Howard became the third-highest pick in Cal Poly baseball history when he was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Monday. Teammate and fellow pitcher Erich Uelmen was taken Tuesday with the last pick in the fourth round by the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.
Howard was selected in the second round with the 45th-overall pick. The 6-foot-3 right-hander finished second in the Big West with a 2.05 ERA and nationally ranked No. 23 in ERA, No. 71 in WHIP (1.08), No. 49 in victories and No. 58 in strikeouts.
Howard follows in the footsteps of Cal Poly pitcher Matt Imhof, who was also selected in the second round (47th pick) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014.
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Uelmen, a junior righty from Las Vegas who stands 6-foot-3, was selected by the Cubs with the 135th pick Tuesday. His draft slot value is just over $382,000.
Despite a record of 4-8, Uelmen posted a 2.93 ERA last season and was one of the top strikeout pitchers in the Big West, fanning100 batters in 98.1 innings pitched.