OSU baseball two-way star Nolan McLean was selected with the first pick of the third round of this year’s MLB Draft on Monday as the Baltimore Orioles again dipped into Stillwater to draft him with the No. 81 overall pick. McLean played both ways for the Cowboys and was a multi-tool player on defense who starred both on the bump and at third. The Orioles apparently intend to bring him in as a pitcher.
McLean is the second former Cowboy to be selected in the MLB Draft and the third who was associated with the program after OSU signee Jackson Holliday went No. 1 overall on Sunday night to the Baltimore Orioles and pitcher Justin Campbell went No. 37 overall to the Cleveland Guardians.
Coming out of high school in North Carolina in 2020, McLean was considered a potential first round pick before the pandemic threw a wrench into the draft and ultimately led to him signing and actually arriving on campus at OSU. He joined the school as both a baseball player and a quarterback on the football team but was always considered a future pro on the diamond.
This past season with the Cowboys he had his best year yet to blossom into one of college baseball’s most dynamic and productive talents. He knocked in 19 homers, hit .285, drove in 47 RBIs while posting a 4.97 ERA on the season from the mound. In May he was named to the All-Big 12 First Team as a utility player and to the All-Big 12 Second Team as a pitcher.
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