Two Bearkats names were called on Friday on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft. Keith Stein and Bobby Verbick will continue their baseball careers at the highest level after getting drafted.
Stein was taken in the 29th round, No. 883 overall by the Detroit Tigers and Verbick was selected one round later by the San Diego Padres with the 915th overall selection.
Stein was a first-team All-SLC selection this past season, helping guide the Bearkats to their second consecutive Southland Conference Tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Regionals for the second straight year. Stein finishes his two-year career as the all-time leading hitter for the Bearkats compiling a .379 batting average over hit two seasons in Huntsville. He passed Glen Wilson who hit at a .372 clip during his Bearkat career.
Last season Stein became the first Sam Houston State player to collect 100 or more hits in a season when he hit safely 103 times. His total of 93 this past season was the fourth most all-time.
Stein also showed some good pop this season hitting 10 home runs, none more dramatic than the last. Stein put the Bearkats into the championship game of the SLC Tournament with a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Verbick was an All-American last season earning first-team recognition from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He hit 14 home runs each of the last two seasons placing him fifth on the all-time list with 28. He is also one of the top hitters in school history putting together a .357 career average tying him for 6th on the all-time list.
His 81 RBIs last season was the second-best single season at SHSU. In the SLC Tournament, Verbick was named Most Valuable Player after hitting two home runs and driving in 10 runs.
Also A&M Consolidated product Matt Lanwell, of Rice, Was tabbed by the Cleveland Indians in the 11th round, number 351 of the draft.
Fellow Consol Tiger Casey Whitmer, who pitches for Texas, was snapped up by the Washington Nationals in round 30 as the 901st player tabbed.
Consol Tiger and UTSA Roadrunner Tim Palinscar went to the Cleveland Indians in round 40 as number 1221 overall.
Brazos Valley Bomber and New Orleans Privateer Mark McGonigle was chosen in round 43 by the New York Mets at 1304.
Blinn Buccaneer Layton Hiller got the call from the Atlanta Braves at number 460 (15th round).
B.V. Bomber Daniel Meadows was taken in the 49th round by the Brewers. Daniel is a Left Handed Pitcher from Katy that played for Temple College the past two years. He played for the McKinney Marshals in the Texas College League last summer and his current plans are to play for Texas Tech in the fall.
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