The 2019 MLB Draft concluded this past Wednesday, and two Brazos Valley Bombers, one past and one current, were among those called to compete at the next level.
Reid Morgan spent the 2017 season with the Bombers. The right-handed pitcher played for San Jacinto College before attending South Carolina in 2019. For the Bombers, Morgan appeared in 23 games and ended the season with six wins, one loss and three saves. In 40.5 innings pitched, Morgan recorded 39 strikeouts, walked just 13 batters and allowed 30 hits.
Morgan was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round.
Jake Lyons, also a right-handed pitcher, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of Oklahoma State. The Orioles took Lyons in the 22nd round. Before playing for Oklahoma State, Lyons spent two years at Weatherford Junior College, where he tossed 18 strikeouts in a single game, setting the school record. Lyons was also drafted in the 22nd round by the San Diego Padres in 2017 but opted to continue pitching at the collegiate level.
Lyons is currently participating in the college baseball postseason with the OSU Cowboys. The Irving, Texas product struck out one batter and allowed two hits in two innings pitched in a Super Regional game against Texas Tech on June 7.
Lyons was set to join the Bombers pitching staff this season as a starter. Since Lyons was drafted, the Bombers have added Tristan Stivors and Bryce Bennett to the pitching staff.
"We're very excited for both Reid and Jake," said Bombers Manager Brian Nelson. "This is an excellent opportunity for two great young players at the next level, and we wish both of them lots of success in Seattle and Baltimore."