Twelve A-10 Baseball Players Selected in MLB Draft

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference had 12 players selected in the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 12 players matches the 2017 total. George Washington led the way with three selections, while A-10 Champion Saint Louis had two, as did George Mason and Richmond. Each of the student-athletes are listed below, in draft order:


The senior right-handed Hogan became the highest draft pick in the history of Billiken Baseball after being selected in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Rays. Hogan made his mark in the Saint Louis record book after becoming the single-season strikeout king in 2018. He finished with 133 strikeouts on the year, a new record surpassing John Marcum’s 120 from the 1965 season. Hogan was one of the best pitchers in all of college baseball in 2018 and tossed just 14 walks in 105.2 innings. He was selected as the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year for his efforts on the hill and allowed batters he faced just a .210 average with a 10-4 record. Hogan completed his Billiken career not only as the single season leader in strikeouts, but tied for the all-time record for wins in a season with 10 in 2018. He finished fifth on the all-time list with 21 victories, fourth in ERA with 2.83 and second overall in strikeouts in his three seasons with 270. Hogan was a two-time Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week in 2018 and a after getting drafted in the 32nd round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017. The Overland Park, Kan., native returned in his junior year to become the top pitcher in the conference. Hogan was drafted 180th overall on Tuesday and became the highest draft pick in the history of Saint Louis University Baseball. Prior to Hogan, James Norwood was taken 199th overall in the seventh round by the Chicago Cubs in 2014.


A junior right hander, Brennan was selected in the seventh round by Texas Rangers with the 209th overall selection. Brennan is the second Hawk to be drafted into the Rangers organization; pitcher Rick Bickhardt was a 45th round choice in 1989. Brennan earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors this season after posting a 9-3 record and a 2.94 earned run average in 88 and two-thirds innings.  He leads the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio and walks allowed per nine innings, having fanned 84 against just five walks. A native of Philadelphia, Brennan was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team and the All-Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Team in 2016.  He was also tabbed as the Big 5’s top rookie and shared the Pitcher of the Year honor that season and is the frontrunner to be named the top arm in the Big 5 once again this season. Last summer, Brennan pitched in the prestigious Cape Cod League with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.  His 20 career victories and 216 career strikeouts in the Crimson and Gray both rank second in program history, while his 2.79 career ERA places him fifth on the program’s all-time list. Brennan becomes the 27th Hawk to be drafted by a Major League club and the seventh to be selected during Hamburg’s tenure.


Mort, a junior right hander, became the second highest draft pick in the history of Mason baseball after being selected by the Chicago Cubs in eighth round.Mort, a right-handed pitcher from Chesterfield, Va., was selected with the 248th overall pick.  Only Chris Widger, who was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 1992 MLB Draft, has been picked higher in program history. A two-time Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week, Mort completed the season with a 6-3 record and 2.48 ERA in 15 starts for the Patriots. Mort led the Atlantic 10 in innings pitched (105.1) and tied for first in the conference in complete games (3).  He ranked second in the A-10 in strikeouts (108), sixth in the conference in ERA (2.48) and tied for second in the league in starts (15).


Pasteur was a 13th round selection by the New York Yankees. A native of Westminster, Md., Pasteur was the 2017-18 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and also earned POTY honors from the Eastern College Athletic Conference. He made history throughout the season with his program-record 32-game hit streak and conference-record three consecutive Player of the Week awards. He led the A-10 in runs, triples, total bases and slugging percentage, while ranking in the top three in hits, home runs, stolen bases, RBIs and at bats. Pasteur’s production wasn’t limited to offense, as he also held a 2-1 record with a 3.45 ERA in 12 appearances on the mound.


Nightengale, a redshirt junior starting pitcher and native of Cresaptown, Md., was selected with the 473rd overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 16th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. The right-hander finished the season with a 6-6 record and 3.45 ERA in 15 starts for the Patriots, while setting career highs in wins (6), innings pitched (88.2) and strikeouts (80). Nightengale is the ninth Mason player drafted in the 16th round or higher and the first in program history to be selected by Oakland. Nightengale ranked seventh in the Atlantic 10 in strikeouts (80) and tied for sixth in the conference in innings pitched (88.2).  He also tied for second in the A-10 in starts (15) and tied for 12th in the league in wins (6).


Kobos went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 19th round. He had a standout junior season for GW as he posted a 4-1 record with a 1.35 ERA over 23 appearances spanning 53.1 innings en route to second team All-Atlantic 10 honors. The righty from Charlotte, North Carolina, had a team-high six saves, while his 49 strikeouts were third on the team and first among relievers. He limited opponents to a .216 batting average and allowed just five extra-base hits (all doubles) all season. He had 12 outings of two innings or more and didn’t allow an earned run in 18 of his 23 appearances.

Looney, who had a stellar season as the Spiders' closer, was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 19th round. The Dallas, Texas native posted a 0.60 ERA in 23 appearances this spring. In 30.1 innings of work he registered 51 strikeouts and had 16-straight scoreless relief appearances.

Capra was selected in the 20th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. In two seasons with the Spiders, Capra made quite the impact. A two-time Atlantic 10 Second Team, he led the Spiders in his two seasons is just about every offensive category. In his final season, the Melbourne, Fla. native hit .327 with 66 hits, 40 runs, five homers, and 41 RBI.

Knehr was selected in the 20th round of the 2018 MLB Draft (Pick #591) by the San Diego Padres. He just finished his junior season at Fordham, helping the Rams to a 35-win season and a return to the Atlantic 10 Championship after a one-year hiatus.  He posted impressive numbers in 2017, posting a 2.40 ERA and a 6-3 record in a career-high 90 innings pitched.  He recorded a career-high 93 strikeouts, ranking seventh on the single-season list at Rose Hill, while helping the Rams blow away the school record for team strikeouts in a season with 536. Knehr, a 2016 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection, was named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week once this season, after he threw his first career complete game shutout at Massachusetts on May 11th.  He gave up just four hits in the game and struck out a season-high 11 batters.

Johnson was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 21st round of the 2018 MLB Draft. The Worcester, Mass. product was the 618th pick overall. Johnson ended his collegiate career tied for eighth all-time at URI with 65 career appearances and is one of just eight players in program history with double-digit saves. As a senior, he spanned 21.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run and set a new Rhode Island record with 14.56 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. In his 29.2 innings of work this past season, he recorded 48 strikeouts while allowing just 22 hits and 11 walks. His 1.21 ERA was tops on the team.

Metz was taken in the 25th round by the Colorado Rockies. A four-year starter for GW, Metz held top-10 conference rankings in a number of categories as a senior last season, including at-bats (1st, 243), doubles (2nd, 18), hits (4th, 75), stolen bases (6th, 24), total bases (8th, 105), runs (9th, 43) and RBI (10th, 42). The Poolesville, Maryland, native tallied 23 multiple-hit games and nine multi-RBI games. The middle infielder and pitcher earned postseason honors from the Atlantic 10 three times in his career, including second team honors as a junior and senior.

King was selected in the 35th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. A senior shortstop from Lanexa, Kan., he earned All-Conference First Team honors as one of the big sluggers in the A-10 in 2018. The senior belted 13 home runs on the year, a career high, and led the team in slugging percentage (.563) and runs scored (49). He was named to the A-10 All-Championship team after helping the Billikens with the A-10 title and earn a trip to NCAA Regionals.

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