Loyola Marymount University (LMU) baseball players Eric Farris and Brad Meyers were selected by professional baseball teams in this year’s Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft Thursday, June 7th.
Farris, who plays at second base and shortstop for the Lions, was selected in the fourth round as the 130th overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers. Meyers, a right-handed pitcher, was selected in the fifth round as the 160th overall pick by the Washington Nationals.
Farris and Meyers join the list of recent Lions to be selected in the first ten rounds of the MLB Draft. Since 2000, 13 Lions have been picked in first ten rounds of the MLB Draft, including first-round selection and current major-leaguer Billy Traber (2000).
LMU has had 20 players drafted overall in June since the 2000 season, with many others going on to sign professional contracts.
“We’re excited about both Eric’s and Brad’s selections,” LMU coach Frank Cruz said. “I truly believe both organizations are very fortunate to get Eric and Brad in the fourth and fifth rounds. When it’s all said and done, they’ll prove to be great bargains for the Brewers and the Nationals.”
A native of Chandler, Arizona, Farris received All-West Coast Conference recognition in each of his three seasons at LMU. This season the middle infielder led the Lions with a .349 batting average, 46 runs scored, 81 hits, 108 total bases, and 33 stolen bases.
He was selected as a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes award, placing him among the nation’s top-50 players and top-20 infielders.
After stealing 33 bases this season, Farris ranks fourth all-time at LMU with 60 career stolen bases, a mark he accumulated in just three years.
Meyers, a native of Yorba Linda, was a two-time All-West Coast Conference selection for the Lions. This season the right-hander led the Lions in ERA, earned-run average, (3.46), innings pitched (109.1), and strikeouts (85).
Meyers’ three-year career ERA of 3.65 ranks in the top-five all-time at LMU and is the best career mark for a Lion since 1981.