Hogs’ Fletcher, Camp­bell taken on 1st day

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Nate Allen

FAYETTEVIL­LE — Ju­nior out­fielder Do­minic Fletcher and red­shirt ju­nior right-handed pitcher Isa­iah Camp­bell were the first Ra­zor­backs taken in the 2019 Ma­jor League Base­ball (MLB) Firstyear Player Draft Mon­day night. The duo was taken in back-to-back picks in Com­pet­i­tive Bal­ance Round B as Fletcher was taken by Ari­zona, No. 75 over­all, while Camp­bell was taken by Seat­tle, No. 76 over­all.

Fletcher and Camp­bell are the 15th and 16th Ra­zor­backs to be taken in the draft’s first three rounds since 2010. Camp­bell is the sixth pitcher since 2013, while Fletcher is the first po­si­tion player taken that high since An­drew Ben­in­tendi went in the first round to Bos­ton in 2015.

Arkansas’ pre­vi­ous top picks in the last two drafts were right-han­der Trevor Stephan, who went in the third round to the New York Yan­kees in 2017 as the 92nd over­all pick and Blaine Knight, who went in 2018 to the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles in the third round as the 84th pick.

With Mon­day’s selec

tions, Arkansas has had at least one player picked in each of the past 45 MLB Drafts dat­ing back to 1975. Also, there have now been 90 play­ers drafted at least once un­der Dave Van Horn since he be­came head coach in 2003.

Over the last three sea­sons, Fletcher has shown why he’s one of the best play­ers in the na­tion both of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively. In 2019 alone, Fletcher is hav­ing his best year at the plate, hit­ting .312 with 77 hits, 23 dou­bles and 10 home runs, while slug­ging .526. All of those num­bers are ca­reer-bests as he’s hit 10 or more homers each year of his ca­reer and is the cur­rent SEC leader in dou­bles through 61 games.

Fletcher is a .297 ca­reer hit­ter for the Ra­zor­backs and has 218 hits, 32 home runs and 142 RBIS in 189 games at Arkansas. He needs 11 hits, one home run and 17 RBIS to crack into the Arkansas all-time ca­reer charts in each of those cat­e­gories. Only four Ra­zor­backs are in the top10 in all three offensive cat­e­gories (Ryan Lundquist, Danny Ham­blin, Greg D’alexan­der, Jeff King).

De­fen­sively, there may not be a bet­ter cen­ter­fielder than Fletcher as he’s only made nine er­rors in three years (.981) and has seven out­field as­sists to his name. This year, he has a ca­reer-low two er­rors in

162 chances.

Camp­bell was se­lected in last year’s draft as a red­shirt sopho­more by the Los An­ge­les An­gels of Ana­heim (24th, No.

721), but elected to come back to Fayettevil­le for his

fourth year and has had one of the big­gest jumps of any pitcher in the na­tion.

The Olathe, Kansas, na­tive has racked up an 11-1 record this year and has helped the Hogs into their se­cond straight

NCAA Su­per Re­gion­als, their eighth ap­pear­ance in su­pers in school his­tory. He re­cently was named an All-amer­i­can by Col­le­giate Base­ball Mag­a­zine and showed his All-amer­i­can stuff in the NCAA Re­gional last week with a ca­reer­high eight-in­ning, 1-run per­for­mance against TCU to put the Hogs into the re­gional fi­nal.

Camp­bell has racked up a team-best 2.27 ERA among Hog pitch­ers that have thrown 40 or more in­nings and has struck out 108 bat­ters over 103 in­nings, which are all ca­reer-bests. Camp­bell topped the 100-strikeout mark dur­ing his start in the SEC Tour­na­ment and is now sit­ting ninth all-time on the Arkansas sin­gle­sea­son charts with 108 strike­outs.

Through­out his ca­reer, Camp­bell has made 48 ap­pear­ances on the mound since 2016, 39 be­ing starts. He has a 3.29 ERA in

205 in­nings and has held op­po­nents to a .232 bat­ting av­er­age. Last week, in his start against TCU in the re­gional, Camp­bell reached 200 strike­outs in his ca­reer, be­com­ing the sixth Ra­zor­back un­der Van Horn with 200 or more strike­outs in a ca­reer.

Day two of the draft will com­mence to­day on Mlb.com. Rounds 3-10 will be con­ducted, fol­lowed by rounds 11-40 on Wed­nes­day, which will be the fi­nal day of the draft. All se­lec­tions can be fol­lowed on Mlb.com.

CRAVEN WHITLOW/NATE Allen Sports Ser­vice

Arkansas ju­nior pitcher Isa­iah Camp­bell throws a pitch in a game ear­lier this sea­son. Camp­bell was se­lected in the third round of the MLB Draft on Mon­day.

CRAVEN WHITLOW/NATE Allen Sports Ser­vice

Arkansas ju­nior cen­ter­fielder Do­minic Fletcher dives for a catch in a game ear­lier this sea­son. Fletcher was se­lected in the third round of the MLB Draft Mon­day.

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