Five Tulane players selected on final day of MLB Draft

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Five members of the Tulane baseball team had their names called on the third day of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, with Brendan Cellucci, Chase Solesky, Trevor Jensen, Kaleb Roper and Grant Mathews all being picked by various teams.

When added with first round pick Kody Hoese on Monday, the program has tied its record for the most players picked in a single draft with six, matching the 2007 year. Since that year, the Green Wave have had at least three players selected in the MLB Draft seven times.

Cellucci was the first player to be picked on Wednesday, going in the 12th round to the Boston Red Sox at pick 377. The lefty appeared in 27 games for Tulane in 2019, leading the team in saves with three in 42 innings pitched. He was second among relievers with 46 strikeouts, notching a pair of wins on the mound.

In the 21st round, the first of two Tulane pitchers to the Chicago White Sox was picked in pitcher Chase Solesky who went in the 620th spot. Solesky was 6-4 on the season helping combine for the team’s only shutout, sporting the lowest opponent batting average at .250 with 70 strikeouts.

Three rounds later, first baseman Trevor Jensen was selected 719th overall by the Minnesota Twins. Jensen was a steady hand defensively for the Green Wave with a .996 fielding percentage, while at the plate he finished third on the team with a .327 batting average with his 80 total base knocks, including 16 doubles and seven home runs.

In the 29th round Roper would be picked up by the White Sox as well at pick 860, joining fellow hurler Solesky. The area product led the Tulane pitching staff in wins, ERA, starts, innings pitched and strikeouts in 2019, earning second team all-American Athletic Conference honors. His second complete-game effort of the season in an opening round win over UCF at the league tournament also earned Roper all-tournament team honors.

Rounding out the Tulane contingent was Mathews, who as a redshirt junior started all but one game playing in the outfield and as a designated hitter. Mathews hit .319 at the plate, finishing a hit short of the cycle twice as Mathews was one of three players this season to have a game with five or more RBI amid 14 games with multiple RBI.

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