TULSA, Okla. – Five Golden Eagles were selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft Wednesday. Anthony Sequeira was drafted in the 23rd round (Pick: 684) by the Phillies; Audie Afenir was taken by the Yankees in the 25th round (Pick: 753); Xavier Altamirano went in the 27th round (Pick: 818) to the Athletics; Guillermo Trujillo went to the Orioles in the 35th round (Pick: 1063) while senior Jacob McDavid was selected with the final pick of the draft (Pick: 1215) by the Angels.
This year's class is the largest since 2009 when six Golden Eagles' were picked. Just this season, former Golden Eagle pitcher Alex Gonzalez made his MLB debut for the Texas Rangers.
Each put together great seasons, as they led the Golden Eagles to a 41-16 overall record and the program's 16th Summit League Tournament title. ORU returned to NCAA postseason play for the 25th time in the baseball programs rich history.
A Season in Review
Anthony Sequeira, a senior, earned The Summit League Player of the Year honors while also being name to the All-League First Team as utility player and relief pitcher …He was named to the Stillwater Regional All-Tournament team for his performance in the postseason … He belted a three-run home run in the opening game of the NCAA tournament against Arkansas … The senior is also a semifinalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player Award after leading The Summit League with 11 home runs, 58 RBI, 21 doubles and 11 saves out of the bullpen … Earned Summit League Player of the Week honors twice and Summit League Pitcher of the Week accolades twice as he was also named to the Summit League All-Tournament Team … He was 1-1 on the mound in 32.2 innings pitched with 40 strikes and just 11 walks … He had the third best batting average for the Golden Eagles and eighth best among Summit League hitters at a .341 clip … He led ORU with a .583 slugging percentage while also posting a .423 on base percentage … He had a career day at Arkansas-Little Rock going 3-for-5 with seven RBI and a grand slam … He had a team best 23 multiple hit games and 18 multiple RBI games … He also carried a season best eight game hitting streak into the NCAA tournament.
Audie Afenir made the move to first base for ORU and while doing so earned First Team All-Summit League honors after hitting .347 on the season ranking 10th best in conference play … He finished with 43 RBI and 102 total bases while finishing second on the Golden Eagles team with 75 hits … He has 21 multiple hit games and posted a season high 10-game hit streak while also carrying a five game hit streak into the NCAA tournament … He has a season-high four hits in the series finale against Omaha on March 29 going 4-for-5 with 4 RBI … The senior also had a career day at No. 12 Oklahoma State going 2-for-4 with six RBI and three runs scored in a win over the Cowboys.
Junior Xavier Altamirano earned Summit League Pitcher of the Year honors after going 8-2 during the season and a team best 2.94 ERA … He led ORU with 81 strikeouts and walked just 14 in 85.2 innings pitched during the season … He was named First Team All-Summit League with a league best six wins and 61 strikeouts during conference play … On March 16 he was named Summit League Pitcher of the Week and Louisville Slugger Pitcher of the Week after a season high 14 strikeouts and no walks in a seven inning win over North Dakota State… His 5.79 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranked in the top 25 in the nation … He threw seven innings of one-hit baseball against Dallas Baptist on March 8 with seven strikeouts to earn a no-decision … He earned his first shutout on May 15 against Western Illinois throwing six innings and allowing just six hits and no walks with four strikeouts … He tallied nine strikeouts at IPFW on May 8 allowing one run in 6.1 innings.
Guillermo Trujillo was the ace of the Golden Eagles' staff earning First Team All-Summit League honors and being named to the Summit League All-Tournament Team … He led the staff with 10 wins going 10-4 on the year as opponents hit .258 against the junior … He recorded 70 strikeouts with just 26 walks in 87.2 innings pitched … Trujillo had a season high nine strikeouts against Omaha going eight innings in a shutout against the Mavericks … He earned a win in the finale series against Western Illinois with his third shutout of the season with five strikeouts and just four hits in six innings … He posted a 4.21 ERA on the year and a 3.58 ERA during league play.
Jacob McDavid appeared in 20 games out of the bullpen for the Golden Eagles and posted a 2-2 record … He struck out 27 and walked just six in 35.2 innings pitched while earning two saves … His first save came in a perfect inning at then-No. 12 Texas Tech to give ORU an extra inning win … He threw 1.2 innings against Oklahoma State in Tulsa on March 31 allowing one hit and striking out one in a 4-2 ORU win … McDavid tallied his second save on May 2 at Omaha pitching 3.2 innings with two strikeouts and scattering three hits … He finished the regular season with a 3.53 ERA and a .263 opponents' batting average.
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