Three Missouri baseball players are one step closer to making it to the big leagues.
Danny Hill, Garrett Broshuis and Cody Ehlers were selected on the first day of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected Hill, a senior right-handed pitcher, in the third round with the 87th overall pick. It was the highest pick for a Missouri player since the Houston Astros drafted Dave Silvestri in 1988 with the 52nd pick. Hill led the Tigers with 94 strikeouts while earning a 5-5 record and a 4.39 ERA.
The San Francisco Giants picked Broshuis, who this season became the third MU pitcher to record 11 wins in a season, in the fifth round with the 160th pick. Broshuis, a junior right-hander, earned a spot on the All-Big 12 Conference Team and was an Academic All-Big 12 and Academic All-America selection.
In the 11th round, the New York Yankees selected Ehlers with the 339th pick. Ehlers led MU with a .364 batting average, 18 home runs and 71 RBIs, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Tournament this year.
Scott Elbert was also drafted Monday. A senior pitcher from Seneca High, Elbert signed a letter of intent to play for MU last fall. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected him with the 17th overall pick in the first round.
Overall, 551 players were selected over the first 18 rounds of the draft Monday. Rounds 19-50 will take place today.