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Nationals Nab Scudder in 16th

Wildcat first baseman Jake Scudder goes in the 16th round to the Washington Nationals

Jake Scudder vs TCU 2016 JT VanGilder

The second Wildcat baseball player is off the board in the 2017 MLB draft. In the 16th round, with the 493rd overall pick, the Washington Nationals selected first baseman Jake Scudder.

The now-graduated Scudder was a two year player for the Wildcats, and what a two years it was, joining K-State in 2015 after starting his career at Iowa Western CC. At Iowa Western, he helped Reivers win the 2014 NJCAA national championship, and as a catcher earned NJCAA All-Tournament honors as a sophomore in 2015

In his 2016 campaign, Scudder led the team in batting with going .333 (73-for-219) with 15 doubles, a triple, 7 home runs and 45 RBI in 57 games. For his efforts he was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, a first for the Wildcats, and was named 2nd Team All Big 12, while earning a Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honor in late February that season. Later that summer he, along with fellow 2017 draft-selection Jordan Floyd, was named an All Star of the Alaska Baseball League while leading the Mat Su Miners (also with Floyd) in home runs (3), doubles (11), and RBI (28).

In 2017, Scudder added to his fame by leading the Wildcats in home runs (13), RBI (62), and slugging (.536), and had the best long-ball season since Carter Jurica had 13 homers and 69 RBI in the 2010 season. He also became the first Wildcat to lead the team in home runs in back-to-back seasons since Pat Maloney in 2001-03. His 13 home runs and 62 RBI also tied him for second overall in the Big 12 stat list in both categories, while his 27 RBI in Big 12 games earned him second in that category for conference-only games. For his efforts, Scudder again earned a 2nd Team All Big 12 honor, as well as a Player of the Week honor in late April.

This appears to be the first time that Scudder has heard his named called in the MLB Draft. His selection also continues the K-State multi-pick draft streak that extends back to 2007, and the 38th overall in that time span.