Oregon State pitcher Drew Rasmussen was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in the first round (31st overall) of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.
Rasmussen, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound redshirt sophomore right-hander from Spokane, Washington, is 3-0 this season with a 0.83 earned run average. He was sidelined for 13 months following Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the second half of the 2016 season, and returned to the mound in late April.
Rasmussen secured a spot in the OSU history books by tossing the first perfect game in school history against Washington State as a freshman on March 21, 2015.
Based on projected slot values by Baseball America for the 2017 MLB Draft, Rasmussen’s signing bonus would be $2.1 million. He could return to OSU for the 2018 season, but that scenario is unlikely based on the signing bonus he is expected to receive.
Rasmussen was selected in the 39th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014 out of Mt. Spokane High School, but did not sign and has spent three seasons at OSU.
He has appeared in 31 games for the Beavers (24 starts) and is 14-5 with a 2.68 ERA, with 146 strikeouts and 45 walks in 164.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .215 against Rasmussen in his college career.
No. 1 national seed OSU (54-4) opens the College World Series against Cal State Fullerton (39-22), noon Saturday (ESPN) at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The Beavers are making their first CWS appearance since 2013.
It will be the first matchup between OSU and Cal State Fullerton since the 2007 CWS. The Beavers won that game en route to repeating as national champions.
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