NORMAN – University of Oklahoma right-handed pitcher JB Olson (Shady Shores, Texas) was selected in the 10th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday evening by the Chicago White Sox. The Sooner closer became the 13th OU draftee taken in the first 10 rounds since 2011 as he went as the 297th overall selection.
Olson, a former junior college transfer from Seward (Kan.) College, pitched in 60 games during his two seasons in Norman. He appeared in a team-high 31 games out of the bullpen in 2017 with a 5-1 record and eight saves. Olson owned a 1.99 earned run average and struck out 46 in 45.1 innings in his final season.
For his career, Olson totaled 12 saves, which ranks seventh all-time in Oklahoma history. His career record stands at 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 98.2 innings. In 59 career relief appearances, Olson tossed two or more shutout innings on 20 occasions. He was voted an All-Big 12 Second Team selection as a senior and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a junior, while also claiming All-Big 12 Academic Second Team in 2017.
The Sooners have had at least one player drafted every year since 1970 and a player selected in the first 10 rounds every year since 2011. Olson is the 84th draft pick in OU history to be chosen within the first 10 rounds and the 13th to be selected by the White Sox. Most recently, pitchers Alec Hansen (2nd round) and Jake Elliott (15th) were drafted by the White Sox in 2016.
This year's draft concludes with rounds 11-40 taking place on Wednesday, June 14. Coverage resumes at 10 a.m. and can be streamed at MLB.com.