Missouri baseball outfielder Kameron Misner was selected 35th overall by the Miami Marlins as a competitive balance pick between the first and second rounds of the MLB Draft Monday night.
Left-hander TJ Sikkema was drafted by the New York Yankees just three picks later at 38th overall.
Praised by scouts as one of the most athletic players in the draft, Misner hit for a .286 average with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in his final season with the Tigers.
Misner sports a unique combination of size and speed — the 6-foot-4, 213-pound Poplar Bluff native stole 20 bases during the 2019 season and 50 bases overall in his three years at Missouri.
Many pre-draft projections had Misner graded as a first round talent, so his fall to the competitive balance round comes as a bit of a surprise. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo had him going to the Chicago Cubs at 27 and ESPN’s Keith Law had him at 28 to the Milwaukee Brewers. One potential reason for the fall may have been Misner’s poor performance in SEC play this past spring.
Sikkema went 7-4 with a 1.32 ERA for Missouri in 2019. The Dewitt, Iowa native was drafted earlier than most analysts had predicted. MLB.com had Sikkema tabbed as the 57th-best available player in the draft and the seventh-best left-handed pitcher.
The MLB’s approximate pick values for the 35th and 38th picks are $2.1 million and $1.95 million, respectively. Those numbers represent the maximum amount of money the Marlins and Yankees can spend to sign Misner and Sikkema without incurring a penalty from the league.
Misner is the first Missouri position player to be selected before the second round since 1971, when catcher Steve Patchin was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 20th overall pick. Right-handed pitcher Tanner Houck, who was drafted 24th overall by the Boston Red Sox in 2017, was the last Missouri pitcher taken before the second round.