Lake Bachar, UW-Whitewater photo

UW-Whitewater pitcher Lake Bachar was picked in the fifth round (144th overall) by the San Diego Padres in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

UW-Whitewater photo

Former River Falls athlete Alex Call was the first of four players with state ties selected Friday on the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The Chicago White Sox selected the outfielder, who hit .358 with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs as a junior at Ball State, in the third round with the 86th overall pick.

“Can’t believe my dream has finally come true!!! So thankful,” Call tweeted.

The other players with state ties selected in rounds three through 10 were:

• UW-Whitewater pitcher Lake Bachar in the fifth round (144th overall) by the San Diego Padres.

• Former Chippewa Falls McDonell and Kentucky pitcher Kyle Cody in the sixth round (189th overall) by the Texas Rangers.

• Appleton North product and Arkansas outfielder/first baseman Clark Eagan in the ninth round (285th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bachar, a right-hander, went 7-1 with a 2.24 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 601/3 innings in helping lead the Warhawks to the NCAA Division III World Series.

Cody, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the second round in 2015, went 6-2 with a 3.35 ERA in his senior season at Kentucky.

Eagan batted .298 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs as a junior at Arkansas.

On Thursday, Kenosha Indian Trails shortstop Gavin Lux was selected 20th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Verona catcher Ben Rortvedt was taken in the second round, 56th overall, by the Minnesota Twins.

 

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