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Prospects from BYU, Utah, UVU and SLCC selected in the final rounds of the MLB draft

BYU's two top draft prospects led a group of several local players picked up by teams during the third and final day of the Major League Baseball draft on Saturday.

Junior outfielder Brennon Lund was picked up by the Los Angeles Angels in the 11th round with the No. 336 overall pick while junior pitcher Michael Rucker was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the No. 344 overall pick.

As underclassmen, both Lund and Rucker can choose to pursue professional careers or play out their eligibility next season for the Cougars.

Lund prepped at Bingham High School and is considered a center-field prospect while Rucker led the Cougars from the mound during his two seasons with the program. Rucker accumulated a 16-2 overall record and a 2.82 earned run average while Lund batted .387 in 2016 for the Cougars.

Rucker tweeted out his emotions soon after being selected, "WHAT A DAY! Thanks to everyone that has helped me achieve my dreams! It's been one heck of a ride, and it's on just begun at the same time!!"

Salt Lake Community College pitcher and former Riverton standout Joe Barlow was drafted by the Texas Rangers with the No. 339 pick, with Utah Valley pitcher Danny Beddes going to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the No. 465 pick.

Utah's Dalton Carroll, who prepped at Taylorsville, was the No. 619 overall pick by the Atlanta Braves.


Twitter: @BrandonCGurney