RIVERSIDE, Calif. – For the second year in a row, multiple California Baptist University players were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Caleb Dirks became the second Lancer to be taken in the 2014 MLB Draft Saturday morning, as he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 15th round with the 463rd overall selection. A few hours later CBU third baseman Blair Moore was picked up by the Chicago White Sox in the 28th round at 828 overall.
A total of 25 CBU players have now been drafted, with at least one being taken five straight years. This marked just the third time more than two Lancers have been selected in a single draft. Multiple players were taken in the MLB Draft in 2013 (two), 2011 (four), 2006 (two), 1991 (two) and 1982 (three).
The majority of Lancers (15) who have been drafted in the MLB have been pitchers. This year, CBU saw the top arm out of its bullpen, Dirks, and starting rotation taken after Trevor Oaks was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh round at 219 overall Friday.
Dirks earned second-team All-PacWest honors this season. The junior has experience out of the bullpen and starting rotation, with seven of his 12 appearances coming in starts in 2013.
The hard throwing right-hander clearly took to the closer's role this year, though. He compiled a 4-1 record and eight saves in a team-high 23 appearances for pitchers. He struck out 52 batters in 41 innings and managed a 2.85 earned-run average. He etched himself into CBU history, as his eight saves rank him second and fifth on the program single-season and career-record lists, respectively.
Moore, a senior transfer, was an All-PacWest pick in all three seasons at CBU. He hit .340 (197-for-579), slugged .510 and posted a .400 on-base percentage in his Lancer career. In 2013, he was an All-American and named to two All-Region teams. This past season, Moore hit .294 (58-for-197) with 48 runs, 40 runs batted in, 10 doubles, nine stolen bases and three homers.