Pittsburg State senior Alex Achtermann was drafted by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, the final day of the Major League Baseball Draft.
The Rockies selected Achtermann in the 30th round (pick No. 909 overall) and listed him as a right-handed pitcher. But Achtermann filled multiple roles for the Gorillas.
He posted a 7-5 pitching record with a 3.51 earned run average and 99 strikeouts in 89.7 innings.
He also batted .286 with seven doubles, four home runs and 26 runs batted in while starting 49 games.
Achtermann played only one season for the Gorillas after transferring from Nebraska-Kearney, which discontinued its baseball program after the 2018 season. Achtermann was named MIAA Player of the Year after his junior season with the Lopers.
Achtermann is the eighth Pittsburg State player to be drafted in program history, and it’s the second straight year the Gorillas have had a player taken. Colton Pogue went to the Washington Nationals in the 29th round last year.
Two Gorillas have been taken in the first 10 rounds — Stephen Eagan in the sixth round by the Boston Red Sox in 1967 and Matt Stalcup in the ninth round by the Oakland A’s in 2013.
Achtermann was the last of three MIAA players selected in the 40-round draft.
Central Missouri center fielder Mason Janvrin was taken by the Baltimore Orioles with the first pick in the 14th round (No. 408), and Central Oklahoma left-handed pitcher Spencer Van Scoyoc went to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 19th round (No. 570).
Three Crowder Roughriders — one present and two alumni — were drafted on Wednesday.
Right-handed pitcher Ross Carver was taken by the Texas Rangers in the 23rd round (No. 685). Carver went 8-2 last fall with three complete games among 12 starts. He allowed 62 hits, struck out 113 batters and walked 24 in 64 1/3 innings and had a 4.20 earned run average.
The former Roughriders selected were shortstop Elvis Peralta from Marshall by Oakland in the 26th round (794) and first baseman Kyle MacDonald from Arkansas State by the New York Yankees in the 27th round (825).
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
The Cardinals dipped often into the college pitching pool.
The Cardinals took college pitchers with eight of their first 10 picks on Monday and Tuesday, and they grabbed 17 more hurlers on Wednesday, 14 of them from colleges.
St. Louis also selected six outfielders, five infielders and five catchers during the three days.
Left-hander Zack Thompson from Kentucky was the Cardinals’ first-hand pick on Monday night. On hand to assist MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred reveal the Cardinals’ selection was Brooke Bearden, the Liberal High School softball catcher who played three years, suffered a stroke last October but returned to catch a ceremonial first pitch on Senior Day after undergoing three surgeries and rehab.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
While the selections came later in the draft this time, the Royals also went heavy on college pitchers.
The Royals picked 23 college pitchers this year and 26 pitchers overall — 13 left-handers and 13 right-handers. Last year the Royals’ first 22 pitchers drafted came from college.
The Royals also drafted two catchers, nine infielders and four outfielders. The took highly touted prep shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. with the No. 2 overall pick and Florida Gators shortstop Brady McConnell in the second round on Monday.