June 9, 2010
HOUSTON - Rice seniors Steven Sultzbaugh and Jared Rogers were selected on the final day of the 2010 Major League Baseball amateur draft on Wednesday (June 9), making for a total of seven Owls drafted by the professional ranks the last two days.
Sultzbaugh was selected in the 31st round by the Arizona Diamondbacks (the 931st pick overall). The outfielder from Austin, Tex., native originally joined the Owls from Weatherford College and was major league draftee for the third time in as many years. He finished his two-year Rice career with a .321 average, 14 home runs and 93 runs scored in 101 starts in the outfield. Sultzbaugh was named to the Conference USA All-Tournament team (May 29) and he hit .357 in the Owls' recent NCAA Tournament run.
Right-handed pitcher Jared Rogers was taken in the 36th round by the Florida Marlins (1,097th pick). In 2010 he led the Owls' staff in victories (8), complete games (2) and innings (87.0) while maintaining a steady 3.83 ERA. The 6-foot-6 Duncanville, Tex., native joined the program from Navarro College and had a two-year Rice career record of 12-3. In 2010 Rogers had a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 3.5-to-1.
The two latest Rice draftees join fellow Owls Rick Hague, Diego Seastrunk, Jimmy Comerota, Chad Mozingo and Mike Ojala, who were all selected on the second day of the MLB draft held Tuesday (June 8). Rice baseball went 40-23 this season, won a conference championship for a 15th-straight year and advanced to NCAA Regional play for a 16th-straight season.