NORMAN, Okla.-- Seven Sooners were chosen in day two of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft which concluded Wednesday. The first of the Sooners to be selected was senior Russell Raley (2B) from Uvdale, Texas. He was the 644th pick by the New York Yankees in the 21st round.
Currently, Raley has the second highest batting average for Oklahoma with a .360 clip this season, following Ryan Rohlinger. He is a three-time All-Big 12 honoree and was named to the All-Big 12 Conference Second team this year. This is Raley’s first time to be drafted.
Kody Kaiser and Will Savage were the next Sooners off the board, both selected in the 26th round. Kaiser, sophomore outfielder from Edmond, was selected 773rd by the Dodgers, who also drafted him in 2004. The outfielder was a 2005 Freshmen All-American and is fourth on the team in both RBIs (41) and home runs (6) this season.
Savage, a senior closer from West Hills, Calif., was the 787th pick for the Phillies. Savage was the Sooners' leader with 10 saves and has a 7-2 record with a 5.01 ERA. He was named to the 2006 preseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the year which is presented to the nation’s top closer. He ranks third all-time in career saves at OU with 16.
John Brownell, a senior reliever from Omaha, Neb., was chosen as the 787th pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 27th round. This season Brownell has gone 5-0 with a 5.02 ERA and most recently pitched an eight-inning, 129 pitch relief appearance against Wichita State in the NCAA Norman Regional and recorded the decision for the Sooners in the 12-7 win. Brownell was also drafted in 2002 by the Colorado Rockies.
Seniors Chuckie Caufield and Kevin Smith were both selected in the 39th round. Caufield, a right fielder from Seminole, was the 1,172nd pick by the Milwaukee Brewers. He shares the team lead with Rohlinger in both runs (66) and hits (92). He is also tied for second on the team in home runs (9) with Smith and is third on the team in batting with a .358 average. This year Caufield was named to second team All-Big 12 and is a semi-finalist for the 2006 Brooks Wallace College Player of the year award. This is his second time to be drafted (2003 - San Diego Padres).
Smith went 1,184th to the New York Yankees who he was also drafted by in 2003. This season he leads the team in RBI’s (65), has the third highest slugging percentage with a .522 clip and is the only Sooner to have played in all 64 games. This year he was selected to the All-Big 12 Conference second team.
Ryan Mottern was the final Sooner to be picked in the draft this year. He was chosen with the 1,469th pick in the 49th round by the Cleveland Indians. Mottern is a two-way player that is hitting .323 and has a 4-2 record on the mound.
In addition to the seven team members that were drafted in the second round, four prospective Sooners (Aaron Baker, Andrew Doyle, Tanner Chitwood and Brandon Thomson) were also drafted.
Thomson, a left-handed pitcher, was the first to be taken, after being drafted in the 23rd round by the New York Yankees. Thomson (5-11, 190) is from Chandler C.C. in Chandler, Ariz.
Baker (6-3,220) is a catcher from Denton High School in Denton, Texas. He was chosen by the Minnesota Twins in the 37th round.
Doyle was a 39th-round selection by the Washington Nationals. Doyle (6-3, 205) is a right-handed pitcher from Alleman High School in Rock Island, Ill.
Chitwood, the last prospective Sooner selected in the draft, went to the New York Yankees in the 40th round. Chitwood (6-3, 220) is a left-handed pitcher from Sulphur High School in Sulphur, Okla.