Dodgers draft Mif­flin grad

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MORE­HEAD, KY. » More­head State ju­nior out­fielder Niko Hul­sizer was drafted by the Los An­ge­les Dodgers’ or­ga­ni­za­tion in the 18th round of the 2018 Ma­jor League Base­ball First-Year Player Draft.

Hul­sizer was the 554th over­all pick in the draft and the fi­nal one in the 18th round. He is the sec­on­de­ver More­head State ath­lete drafted by the Dodgers’ or­ga­ni­za­tion, join­ing Daniel Smith (sec­ond round, 1985).

Muh­len­berg in­fielder Sean Guilbe was also drafted, taken in the 12th round by the San Diego Padres. Guilbe (6-1, 190) hit .431 with six home runs, 14 RBI and 45 runs in 23 games for the Berks League cham­pi­ons. He also had 21 stolen bases.

Hul­sizer is the sev­enth draft pick in More­head State head coach Mike McGuire’s ten­ure, in­clud­ing four con­sec­u­tive sea­sons now with at least one draft pick.

A Mohn­ton na­tive, the ju­nior out­fielder/des­ig­nated hit­ter fin­ished his More­head State career with 44 home runs in 140 games, ty­ing for third in pro­gram his­tory in career long balls with for­mer Ea­gle and White Sox draft pick Drew Lee.

“I’m re­ally happy for Niko. Three years ago he came to us as a raw kid with a lot of tools, and he has worked very hard to de­velop into a pro prospect,” said head coach Mike McGuire.

He also fin­ished with a .337 career bat­ting av­er­age, .684 slug­ging ef­fi­ciency, 146 runs scored, 180 hits and 41 dou­bles. In three sea­sons, Hul­sizer compiled 53 mul­ti­hit games and 35 multi-RBI per­for­mances.

De­spite miss­ing 21 games this sea­son, Hul­sizer was still tabbed Sec­ond-Team All-OVC, club­bing 12 home runs and hit­ting 11 dou­bles and two triples while slug­ging .615.

His breakout cam­paign came in 2017 when he was voted OVC Player of the Year af­ter set­ting con­fer­ence records for home runs (27) and to­tal bases (193) and be­ing named to five All-Amer­i­can teams.

“He has some pro tools that you don’t get to coach very of­ten at this level,” McGuire added.

More­head State ju­nior Niko Hul­sizer (Gov. Mif­flin). (More­head State ath­let­ics)


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