COLUMBIA — The Minnesota Twins selected Missouri pitcher Keaton Steele in the eighth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday. Steele was the 238th pick overall and the second MU player chosen.
Steele, a redshirt junior, notched 61 strikeouts and a 3.07 ERA. He also ranked fourth in the SEC with nine saves for a 20-33 Missouri team that went 6-24 in Southeastern Conference play.
He posted an ugly 0-8 record in the Tigers' difficult season but finished strong. After joining the starting rotation in the final three weeks of the season, he threw two complete games and pitched into the ninth inning of his third outing.
A scouting report provided by MLB.com said that Steele is expected to sign with whoever drafted him. Steele was previously a 29th-round pick by the Rays in 2012 and a 40th-round pick by the Royals last year — but both times he chose to play at Missouri instead.
Fellow Missouri pitcher Brett Graves was chosen by the Oakland Athletics in the third round Thursday.
Bryce Montes De Oca, Shane Benes of Westminster Christian Academy, and Tanner Houck remain on the board. They are ranked among MLB.com's top 200 prospects in the draft.
The first two rounds of the draft took place Thursday in Seacaucus, N.J. Rounds three through 10 were completed Friday, and the draft will resume at noon Saturday for rounds 11-40.
Supervising editor Mark Selig.