Zeferjahn Selected by Tampa Bay in MLB Draft, Plans to Attend KU

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Seaman right-handed pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 37th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.

Zeferjahn, a top 150 prospect according to Baseball America, posted on Friday before he was drafted that he intends to play college baseball at the University of Kansas as opposed to signing a pro contract.

Zeferjahn was projected to be drafted in the top five rounds, but slid in the draft because of signability and informed teams of a certain signing bonus he was targeting to pass on attending college. He has until July 15 to sign a pro deal in case he changes his mind. Zeferjahn would again be eligible for the draft following his junior season in 2019.

Zeferjahn, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 190 pounds, has a fastball in the 91-95 mph range. He went 6-2 with a 1.70 ERA as a senior with 78 strikeouts in 53 innings. He also hit over .350 with four home runs and 30 RBIs.

He also played basketball where he was named Co-City Player of the Year averaging 15.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in helping lead the Vikings to a 15-7 season, their best mark in 10 years.

Kansas went 20-35-1 this past season.

List of Players from Topeka in MLB Draft Since 2000

Year Player High School Round Team
2016 David Gauntt Shawnee Heights 18th Miami
2016 Ryan Zeferjahn Seaman 37th Tampa Bay
2014 Tyler Baker Shawnee Heights 15th Arizona
2014 Eric Cheray Seaman 17th Oakland
2013 Jordan Floyd* Shawnee Heights 25th NY Yankees
2011 Dillon Hazlett Topeka High 20th Seattle
2011 Tyler Baker* Shawnee Heights 50th Cleveland
2010 Jordan Cooper Shawnee Heights 9th Cleveland
2009 Aaron Crow Washburn Rural 1st Kansas City
2009 Ben Carlson Seaman 6th Cleveland
2008 Jordan Cooper* Shawnee Heights 17th Boston
2007 Brock Simpson Washburn Rural 46th Cleveland
2006 Chris Carlson Seaman 29th Detroit
2006 Kent Williamson Hayden 46th Detroit
2005 Kent Williamson* Hayden 29th LA Dodgers
2002 Blair Johnson Washburn Rural 2nd Pittsburgh
2002 John Tetuan Hayden 9th Colorado
2000 Theo Heflin Topeka West 27th Seattle

* Did not sign

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