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Western Oregon senior A.J. Burke was drafted in the 31st round by the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
June 12, 2013
MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University seniors Blake Miller and A.J. Burke became the 14th and 15th players, respectively, in Wolves history to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Miller, a senior shortstop from South Salem High School, was selected in the 25th round by the San Francisco Giants as the No. 762 pick overall.
Miller, a first-team all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honoree and the Daktronics Inc. NCAA Division II West Regional Player of the Year, batted .372 with 74 hits, 18 doubles, three home runs, 49 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 2013.
Burke, a right-handed pitcher from Glencoe High in Hillsboro, was the 941st overall pick, selected in the 31st round by the Oakland Athletics.
Burke led the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in strikeouts (91) and ERA (2.78) en route to being selected as the 2013 GNAC pitcher of the year.
WOU has just one player currently active in pro baseball in right-handed pitcher Grady Wood, who was selected in the 10th round by the Seattle Mariners in 2012.
Wood, the second-highest pick in WOU history, is a member of the Mariners' Class A affiliate Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings, a member of the Midwest League. Wood is 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 31.1 innings pitched.
Jason Wilson, a former WOU pitcher who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 26th round in 2012, is currently a member of the Florence (Ky.) Freedom of the independent Frontier League.