Hoge Taken by Mets on Final Day of MLB Draft

SECAUCUS, N.J. Kansas State senior pitcher Lance Hoge became the Wildcats’ fifth selection of the 2009 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Thursday afternoon when the New York Mets took the left-hander with the 23rd pick of the 36th round (No. 1094 overall).

 

Hoge is the first Wildcat taken by the Mets since outfielder Greg Korbe was picked in the 26th round of the 1978 draft. The senior improved K-State’s draft-pick total to 11 over the last two seasons and 18 since head coach Brad Hill took over the program prior to the 2004 season.

 

As a senior in 2009, the Stilwell, Kan., product went 6-4 with a 4.54 ERA as Kansas State’s No. 2 starter. The Stilwell, Kan., product recorded wins at Houston, at Nebraska, at No. 22 Oklahoma State and was also the winning pitcher in Kansas State’s first ever NCAA Tournament game against Xavier at the Houston Regional.

 

Hoge recorded arguably his best outing of the season in a seven-inning effort against No. 15 Texas A&M where he allowed just one run on four hits with four strikeouts. Hoge backed that performance up by allowing just one run in 5.1 innings at No. 2 Texas in a game that the Cats eventually won in extra innings.

 

K-STATE DRAFT CHOICES IN BRAD HILL ERA

 

Player (Pos.)                                        Organization                                        Round (Year)

Carlos Torres (RHP)                               Chicago (AL)                                         15th (2004)

Jared Brite (RHP)                                   Houston                                                26th (2004)

Steve Murphy (OF)                                 Texas                                                   14th (2005)

Eric Eymann (SS)                                  Cincinnati                                              19th (2005)

Jared Goedert (IF)                                  Cleveland                                              9th (2006)

Adam Cowart (RHP)                               San Francisco                                       35th (2006)

Eli Rumler (IF)                                       Arizona                                                 39th (2007)

Nate Tenbrink (IF)                                  Seattle                                                  7th (2008)

Byron Wiley (OF)                                   Cincinnati                                              22nd (2008)

Trevor Hurley (RHP)                                Texas                                                   22nd (2008)

Daniel Edwards (RHP)                            Philadelphia                                           25th (2008)

Justin Murray (RHP)                               Oakland                                                29th (2008)

Ben Hornbeck (LHP)                              Oakland                                                32nd (2008)

A.J. Morris (RHP)                                   Washington                                           4th (2009)

Justin Bloxom (OF)                                Washington                                           11th (2009)

Drew Biery (IF)                                       San Francisco                                       22nd (2009)

Rob Vaughn (C)                                     Chicago (AL)                                         30th (2009)

Lance Hoge (LHP)                                  New York (NL)                                       36th (2009)

 

Note: List does not include signees. If drafted twice, latest selection only listed. Positions listed are what player was drafted as.