SPRINGFIELD -- The 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft concluded Wednesday with two Bears being chosen during the three day event. Kevin Medrano was taken Tuesday in the 14th round by St. Louis, and Dan Kickham was picked by Detroit in the 33rd round Wednesday morning.
Kevin Medrano • 14th round • 440th overall pick • St. Louis Cardinals
• Junior 2B from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
• Career .354 average in 159 games with 229 hits, 103 RBIs, 131 runs and 29 stolen bases
• First-team all-MVC three times
• 2009 MVC Freshman of the Year and 2009 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
• Had a 29-game hitting streak in 2010 to rank second in MSU and ninth in MVC history
• Missouri State career leader in sacrifice bunts (20), sixth in assists (409), eighth in singles (179) and 11th in double plays turned (86)
Dan Kickham • 33rd round • 1,007th overall pick • Detroit Tigers
• Junior RHP from Springfield, Mo.
• Tied Missouri State record with 13 saves in 2011
• First-team all-MVC and MVC Newcomer of the Year in 2011
• Ranks third at MSU in career saves despite playing just one season
• Ranked second in school history with 25 appearances in 2011
• Did not allow an earned run until his 18th appearance in 2011
• Finished junior season 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA and .192 opponent average in 29.1 innings
Additionally, Missouri State signee Joey Hawkins (2B/SS, Whitby, Ontario, Canada) was selected by Kansas City in the 42nd round. Hawkins is scheduled to be a freshman at Missouri State this fall.
Professional clubs must sign drafted players by August 15 or the rights to that player are lost and they can reenter the draft in 2012. Underclassmen have the option to return to Missouri State.