WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue baseball’s Jacson McGowan was selected with the 16th pick announced on day 3 of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft as the Tampa Bay Rays drafted the first baseman in the 11th round.
McGowan joins Tanner Andrews (Marlins) and Nick Dalesandro (Diamondbacks) as Boilermakers drafted this season. Andrews and Dalesandro had their names announced in the 10th round Tuesday. Despite day break in between, the three Purdue players were all chosen within 35 picks of each other.
As a junior, McGowan has the option of beginning his professional career in the Rays organization or returning to Purdue for his senior season. McGowan’s classmate Dalesandro indicated Tuesday he planned to go pro. McGowan is expected to make the same decision.
The Boilermakers’ three draft picks this season match the same total the program had from 2013 to 2017. The 2012 Big Ten championship team had a team-record seven players drafted that June, including three in the top nine rounds. This year marks only the second time in program history that Purdue had had three players drafted in the first 11 rounds. Dating back to 2006, the Boilermakers had at least three players drafted in the same year for the fifth time. In three of the previous four years meeting that criteria, at least one player reached the big leagues.
McGowan started all 115 games the last two seasons. He was named third team All-Big Ten and selected to Big Ten All-Tournament Team this year, leading the team in home runs (13), RBI (59), walks (49) and on-base percentage (.442). He also batted a career-high .304 while accounting for 13 of Purdue’s 27 home runs. The Boilermakers were 11-1 when he homered and 26-8 when he recorded an RBI in 2018.
McGowan was walked 24 times over the next 19 games following his multi-homer effort at Maryland. That was a big reason why he led the Big Ten with 49 walks, the third most in program history. He was also sixth in the team record book with 59 RBI and eighth with 13 home runs.
Purdue’s cleanup hitter busted out of a late-season slump with a 6-for-13 showing at the Big Ten Tournament. He had seven RBI in the four games, recording a pair of RBI doubles in the championship game vs. Minnesota.
As a sophomore, McGowan became the first Boilermaker since 2001 to lead the team in doubles, triples, home runs and RBI.
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