COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Junior pitchers Daniel Mengden and Corey Ray and senior catcher were selected on the second day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Mengden was selected by the Houston Astros in the fourth round with the 106th overall pick, the first selection of the round. Ray was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the fifth round with the 153rd overall selection. The Colorado Rockies selected Troy Stein in the 10th round with the 293rd overall selection.
Mengden served as the Aggies’ Friday starter for much of the season, going 4-9 and a 4.08 ERA. He led the Aggies in innings pitched (103.2) and strikeouts (95).
As a junior, Ray was tied for the team lead in wins with a 6-1 record. He posted a 1.91 ERA and held opponents to a .236 batting average in 17 games, including four starts. He earned three straight midweek wins to end April, including victory at then-No. 16 Rice.
Through three seasons, Mengden is 15-17 with a 3.20 ERA. He ranks 13th on Texas A&M’s career strikeouts list with 230 and has held opponents to a .235 batting average. As a sophomore, Mengden went 8-4 with a 2.11 ERA and .201 opponent batting average. He earned SEC All-Defensive Team honors in 2013 and was named to the SEC All-Tournament team.
This season, Ray went 6-1 with a 1.91 ERA and .236 opponent batting average in 17 appearances, including four starts. His lone loss of the 2014 came in the Aggies’ regional title game defeat at the hands of Texas when he allowed just two unearned runs in 5.0 innings of work two days after earning a win with 3.2 innings of relief against George Mason.
With three years in the books, Ray is 11-3 with a 3.61 ERA in 42 appearances, including 13 starts. He was 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA as a freshman and went 3-2 with a 5.11 ERA in 2013.
Stein hit .291 as a senior, logging 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 24 RBI.
For his career he played in 184 games, including 160 starts. Stein’s career batting average was .289 with 34 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs 77 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He earned All-Big 12 Second Team recognition in 2013, hitting .304 with 12 doubles, two home runs and 25 RBI in 55 games.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft concludes on Saturday with rounds 11-40. Complete coverage on MLB.com.
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