Three Longhorns selected on day two of 2014 MLB Draft

(Image via University of Texas Athletics)
(Image via University of Texas Athletics)

Three current Longhorns were selected on day two of the MLB First-Year Player draft Friday afternoon.

Right-handed pitcher John Curtiss (So.) was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the sixth round with the 170th pick overall. The New York Yankees selected outfielder Mark Payton (Sr.) in the seventh round (212 overall), and left-handed pitcher Dillion Peters (Jr.) was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 10th round (287 overall).

Curtiss has put together a strong sophomore campaign as the Longhorn's closer, with a 2.11 ERA and nine saves. He has allowed only 27 hits and 23 walks while striking out 28 over 38.1 innings.

Payton is currently on a 100-game reached-base streak dating back to last year, which leads the nation and is the longest streak in Big 12 history. Payton is fifth all time in Big 12 history for walks (144) and second in triples (19). He is also the Big 12 active career leader in total bases (381), walks (144), triples (19), doubles (50) and on-base percentage (.426). He ranks second among active players in the Big 12 in career runs (135) and RBI (121).

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Peters is currently eighth in the Big 12 with a 2.13 ERA and had seven wins on the season. He allowed 72 hits and 21 walks, while striking out 53 over 80.1 innings. On May 16, he threw seven innings of a combined no-hitter against Kansas State. Peters ranks second among active Big 12 players in career ERA (2.26) and is tied for second in wins with 17.

Payton and Curtiss both had outstanding games in the Super Regional win over Houston as the draft was in progress. Payton clubbed his second home run of the year, a two-run bomb in the top of the first inning and added two more hits. Curtiss threw two scoreless innings while picking up his ninth save of the season.

The final day of the draft begins Saturday at 1 p.m. with rounds 11-40.

Brian Kendall

Part-time journalist turned full-time blogger, Brian is an online staff writer at Horns Illustrated and serves as senior staff writer for digital marketing agency Speak Social. Brian currently resides in Austin and you can read his blog at the following address:

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