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Four Toreros Selected in the MLB Draft

Four University of San Diego baseball players on the 2018 roster were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Draft, which ran June 4-6.

2018 MLB Drafted Toreros

Right-handed pitcher Paul Richan was the first Torero drafted, going 78th overall as a second-round compensation pick, to the Chicago Cubs, on Monday.

Richan, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound workhorse for the Toreros this past season, totaled 101 strikeouts in 89 2/3 innings while only walking 13 batters. In 13 starts he finished with a 4-6 record and 4.62 ERA. Twice he was named the West Coast Conference Rawlings Pitcher of the Week during the season. Following his sophomore campaign, he was selected All-WCC honorable mention.

Richan’s selection marked the sixth straight year that the Toreros have had a player selected in the third round or higher. The group includes catcher Riley Adams (2017, Toronto Blue Jays, 3rd round), shortstop Bryson Brigman (2016, Seattle Mariners, 3rd round), and a trio of first-rounders in shortstop Kyle Holder (2015, New York Yankees), catcher/first baseman Connor Joe (2014, Pittsburgh Pirates) and third baseman Kris Bryant (2013, Chicago Cubs).

Toreros catcher Jay Schuyler was the lone USD player drafted on Day 2 of the draft. He went in the seventh round, 199th overall, to the Cincinnati Reds. This past season Schuyler started all 55 games for the Toreros and finished with a team-best .342 batting average. He also led the team in hits (75), runs (38) and total bases (108). Additionally, he chipped in 10 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 38 RBI. He earned one WCC Rawlings Player of the Week honor and was named to the WCC All-Academic Team.

On Wednesday, the final day of the 40-round draft, two more Toreros had their name called. Left-hander Nick Sprengel was chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 15th round (450th overall) while third baseman Bhret Bewley was a 32nd-round selection (962) by the Kansas City Royals.

Over his three seasons at USD, Sprengel totaled 207 strikeouts over 184 2/3 innings. His best campaign came during his sophomore season where he finished 9-1 and with a 3.29 ERA. He was named to the 2017 All-WCC First Team and this past summer was a member of the USA Collegiate National Team. He entered the 2018 campaign as a Golden Spikes Award candidate.

Bewley was one of the hottest hitters down the stretch this season for the Toreros. Starting 53 of 55 games he appeared in, Bewley batted .291 (59-for-203) and chipped in with 31 runs, 59 hits, eight doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 44 RBI. He finished with a .468 slugging percentage and .376 on-base percentage. In WCC play he belted six home runs and tallied 27 RBI.

This marked the sixth straight season that the Toreros had four or more players taken in the MLB Draft.

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