MLB Draft: Oregon Ducks Austin Grebeck, Mark Karaviotis Selected On Saturday


The Oregon Ducks saw two more players selected in the MLB Draft on Saturday with Austin Grebeck and Mark Karaviotis.

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The 2016 MLB Draft wrapped up on Saturday after Oregon saw three pitchers taken on Friday with Cole Irvin, Matt Krook, and Steve Nagosek landing with teams at the Professional level. Mark Karaviotis was selected on Saturday by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Karaviotis has been with Oregon for two seasons at Shortstop, but an early season injury in 2016 kept him off the field. Last season, in his second full season as a Starter he hit .270. He played in just seven games this season for the Oregon Ducks. He has come full circle in a way. Karaviotis was also selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013.

Austin Grebeck had a huge season in 2016 as the Oregon Ducks leadoff hitter. There were times that if he was on base he beared watching by the opposing pitcher. He was always a threat to steal a base and on quite a few occasions, he did. He played in 55 games for Oregon batting .250 in his Junior Season and was selected by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

These five players now have a decision to make. All have college eligibility remaining. Players have until May 25th to decide on foregoing their remaining eligibility and turning professional or returning to school. I would expect all three pitchers will leave the Oregon Ducks. With where they were chosen the signing bonus alone may not be worth passing up.

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With five players selected over the weekend, Oregon now has 52 players that have been chosen in the MLB Draft since the baseball program was reinstated in 2009.