NORMAN, Okla. – Four University of Oklahoma baseball players were taken in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft over the weekend. Utility man Mac James (New Braunfels, Texas) was selected first in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday afternoon. Right-handed pitcher Connor Buchmann (Keller, Texas) was drafted in the 11th round, lefty Adam Choplick (Denton, Texas) was a 32nd round pick on Saturday, while infielder Hector Lorenzana (San Diego, Calif.) rounded out the group in the 37th.
James was selected with the 187th overall pick after a breakout junior season in which he started games at catcher, first base, third base and left field. He was named to the All-Big 12 First Team after posting a team-leading .330 batting average. James drove in 41 runs, scored 32 and slugged .477 with 15 doubles and five home runs. As a sophomore, he appeared in only nine games in his first season with the Sooners.
Buchmann, the 325th overall pick by the New York Mets, appeared in just five games and started four in his first season at OU. He totaled 12 innings of work and a 3.00 earned run average, while striking out 11 and walking 12.
Choplick, originally a 17th round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school, was taken by the Chicago White Sox with the 948th overall pick. He pitched in 15 games and started 14 with a 5.35 ERA over a team-high 72.1 innings of work. Choplick posted a 3-4 record and led the Sooners in strikeouts with 76.
Lorenzana, who made the move from second base to shortstop in his senior season, was picked up by the Boston Red Sox with the 1124th overall pick. He started 57 games as a middle infielder and hit .272 with 29 runs and 26 RBI.
Seventy players from Oklahoma have been drafted in the last 11 years and the sixth straight year with at least four draft picks.