Former Mountaineers find success in professional baseball
WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 8, 2015) –Six former Eastern Oklahoma State College Mountaineers have found success in their post-collegiate careers and are currently playing professional baseball. The experience these players had during their time as Mountaineers was one of the first stepping stones on their way to the major leagues.
Eastern Head Baseball Coach Craig Price is excited about the state of the program.
"For eight straight years a current or former Mountaineer has been drafted. During that time, 52 Mountaineers have moved on to the Division I level and currently we have six players playing professionally with one player in the big leagues,” Price said. “We have won three Region II championships in six years. We feel like we have one of the premier community college athletic programs in this area."
Jonathan Gray made his debut on the professional circuit Aug. 4, 2015. He has already made six starts in the Colorado Rockies pitching rotation. Gray was selected in the first round, third overall, of the First Year Player Draft out of the University of Oklahoma, where he had just completed a 10-3 season with a 1.63 ERA, in 2013. He was named an All-American and ranked second in the nation in strikeouts that same year.
Blake Logan has moved quickly through three levels of the Florida Marlins minor league system and is currently pitching for the Triple-A Jacksonville Suns. In the 2012 First Year Player Draft, he was selected in the 13th round by the Miami Marlins. During his career as a Mountaineer, Logan posted an 11-2 record with a 1.55 ERA and racked up 124 strike outs in 93 innings pitched.
Logan Taylor is currently pitching for the St. Lucie Mets. He was also selected in the 2012 First Year Player Draft, picked by the New York Mets in the 11th round. This past season saw a personal-high for Taylor with 7 wins, posting a 3.86 ERA with 96 strikeouts. He was named the High-A pitcher of the month in July.
Michael Freeman is pitching for the Lancaster Jethawks. The Houston Astros selected him in the 7th round of the 2015 First Year Player Draft. Before joining the Astros organization, Freeman was named the 2015 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. Presently, he is 2-1 with a miniscule ERA- .99, and his opponents are only hitting .161 against him.
Daniel Salters plays for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He has made their all-star team and is hitting .282, with 26 RBI and a pair of homeruns. In 2015 he was selected in the 13th round by the Cleveland Indians.
Koda Glover is currently pitching for the Hagertown Suns. He was picked by the Washington Nationals in the 8th round of the First Year Player Draft in 2015. Last year at Oklahoma State University, he went in with five saves and a 1.90 ERA. Now he is 1-1 with 5 saves and boasts a 1.61 ERA.