Five Bearcats Selected in 2017 MLB Draft|
June 15, 2017
CINCINNATI – Two current University of Cincinnati baseball players and three incoming freshmen all heard their names called during the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) First Year Player Draft June 12-14. Junior Ryan Noda (Volo, Ill./Grant) and sophomore A.J. Bumpass (Rougemont, N.C./Northern) were joined by incoming freshmen Obie Ricumstrict (Mount Pleasant Mich./Mount Pleasant), Garrett Schoenle (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Northrop) and Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ontario/Bill Crothers Secondary) as the UC representatives to get selected.
“Having five players selected to the draft is a great accomplishment for this program” said head coach Scott Googins. “It speaks to the talent that the University of Cincinnati possesses and shows how high the ceiling is for this team. Playing professional baseball is a childhood dream for these players and I am very excited for them to get this opportunity.”
Noda, a 2017 Second Team All-American Athletic Conference honoree, was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round. He led the Bearcats with 43 runs scored and nine homeruns while recording 42 hits, 30 RBIs and 12 doubles. The first baseman and outfielder left his mark this season, becoming just the second UC player in program history to hit a homerun onto the roof of Fifth Third Arena when he did so in a 9-4 victory over Western Carolina on May 10.
Bumpass, an age-eligible sophomore, was selected in the 29th round by the Cincinnati Reds. The outfielder hit .287 on the season and led the team with 40 RBIs. He also produced 61 hits, 31 runs, seven homeruns, four triples and 15 doubles for the Bearcats.
Noda and Bumpass become the first UC players drafted since 2015 when Ian Happ was the ninth-overall pick of the Chicago Cubs. They also are the first teammates to be selected in the same draft since Zach Isler, Jake Proctor and Christian McElroy were all taken in 2012.
In addition to the two current student-athletes, three incoming signees were picked, including Ricumstrict (11th round to the Texas Rangers), Schoenle (30th round to the Cincinnati Reds) and Bremner (31st round to the Cincinnati Reds).
All players with remaining college eligibility will have until the deadline in the middle July to decide between signing with their MLB teams or playing for the Bearcats next season.
In addition to the five Cincinnati players picked, Googins has ties to six other players drafted in the 2017 draft, including four current Xavier student-athletes and a pair of XU commits. Zac Lowther, Rylan Bannon, Garrett Schilling and Greg Jacknewitz all were drafted after leading the Musketeers to the NCAA regional final for the second consecutive season. Googins recruits Jared Solomon and Matt Givin also were selected.
“This draft is a testament to the recruiting philosophy we have in place” said Googins. “We are recruiting the right guys, developing them and giving them the opportunity to get drafted and play at the next level. As a head coach your goal is to win games but these players also have dreams and aspirations to play professionally and I am thrilled to see them accomplish those dreams.”
// University of Cincinnati Draftees
// Xavier University Draftees