EUGENE, Ore. – For the second-consecutive year and just the third time in the modern era of Oregon baseball, four Ducks were selected in the top 10 rounds of the MLB Draft with Sabin Ceballos, Jace Stoffal, Colby Shade and Josh Mollerus coming off the board between rounds three and 10 on day two of the 2023 MLB Draft.
The selection of the four Ducks in the top 10 rounds matched the most ever in program history, joining both the 2011 and 2022 teams.
Ceballos was Oregon’s first selection of the draft, going to the Atlanta Braves in the third round at pick 94. He is the third-highest drafted infielder of the modern era behind Josh Kasevich, who was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round last season, and Spencer Steer, a third-round selection and the 90th overall pick in 2019.
Stoffal was the second Duck to go off the board when he was chosen by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round at pick 237. His selection marked the fifth time the Twins have drafted a Ducks player, joining Madison Boer (2011) Alex Keudell (2011), Jake Reed (2014) and Steer (2019).
Shade became the third Duck drafted when the Miami Marlins claimed him in the ninth round at pick 263. He became the third-highest Oregon outfielder ever selected behind Aaron Zavala, who was picked by the Texas Rangers in round two in 2021, and Anthony Hall who was a fourth-round pick of the New York Yankees last year.
Mollerus was the fourth Duck chosen when the Toronto Blue Jays selected Oregon’s closer in the 10th round with pick 304. The right-hander became just the second Oregon player picked by the Blue Jays, joining Kasevich.
The MLB Draft resumes on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with rounds 11-20.
Day Two Draft Notes
Sabin Ceballos, JR, SS, (Atlanta Braves, 3rd Round, 94th Pick)
Jace Stoffal, JR, RHP (Minnesota Twins, 8th Round, 237th Pick)
Colby Shade, JR, OF (Miami Marlins, 9th Round, 263rd Pick)
Josh Mollerus, SR, RHP (Toronto Blue Jays, 10th Round, 304th Pick)