Bearcats Hopeful for MLB Draft
Jr. RHP Zach Isler is projected as high as a third round pick.

June 5, 2012

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SECAUCUS, N.J. — With Days 2 and 3 of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft set to begin noon Tuesday, several University of Cincinnati student-athletes are hopeful to hear their name called within the next 48 hours and extend the program’s draft streak to eight years.

Anticipation is high for Zach Isler (Union, Ky./Covington Catholic), Jake Proctor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) and Christian McElroy (Middletown, Ohio/Monroe/Sinclair CC) after Baseball America ranked all three Bearcats in its top 500 pre-draft rankings on May 28.

Isler, a junior right-handed pitcher, was listed No. 196 in B.A.’s rankings and has been slotted to be drafted between the third and fifth rounds. If Isler is selected in the third round, he will tie the UC record for the earliest round a Bearcat has been drafted with Billy Wolff (1965), David Jakobs (1969) and David Sala (1986), who all were taken by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Proctor, a junior outfielder, was ranked No. 298 by Baseball America, which would place the 6-foot-2 speedster near the 10th round.

At No. 498 in Baseball America’s rankings, McElroy is projected to wait the longest out of the UC trio of getting selected. The redshirt sophomore right-hander would be taken around the 17th round if his ranking holds up.

Since all three Bearcat prospects have collegiate eligibility remaining, they would have until 5 p.m. July 13 to sign a professional contract or elect to return to UC for 2012-13.

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