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Missouri pitcher Brett Graves selected in MLB draft

Friday, June 6, 2014 | 1:44 p.m. CDT; updated 8:36 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 6, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Oakland Athletics selected Missouri pitcher Brett Graves in the third round of the MLB draft Thursday. He was selected with the 101st pick overall.

Graves, a junior, led the Tigers with 64 strikeouts and had a 3.87 ERA this season. The right-hander from St. Charles started 14 games for a Missouri squad that struggled to a 20-33 record and a 6-24 record in Southeastern Conference play.

Like his Tigers, Graves had an up-and-down season. The 6-foot-1 Francis Howell High School graduate went 16 1/3 scoreless innings during one stretch in the 2014 campaign, but also had a 3-6 record by year's end. He threw eight innings in his final game for Missouri and gave up nine hits, five earned runs and three walks along with his three strikeouts against Arkansas.

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Graves out of high school in the 26th round of the 2011 draft, but he opted to attend Missouri, making him ineligible to be picked again until this year.

Fellow right-hander Keaton Steele as well as incoming freshmen Bryce Montes De Oca, Shane Benes and Tanner Houck, remain on the board. They are among the MLB.com's Top 200 Prospect Watch.

The first two rounds of the draft took place Thursday. Rounds 3-10 continue through Friday, with 34 picks per round and competitive balance rounds with varying numbers of picks.


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