EUGENE, Ore. – A day after four Oregon players were selected on day two of the 2023 MLB Draft, two more were picked on the final day of the draft with Rikuu Nishida and Isaac Ayon having their names called on Tuesday.
The selection of the six Ducks in the draft tied for the second most in school history, behind only the 2011 season when eight Ducks were picked during what was then a 40-round draft (the draft was reduced to 20 rounds before the 2021 draft). The six players selected in the 20 rounds matched the number of players chosen in the first 20 rounds of the 2011 draft which is the most in program history.
The Chicago White Sox picked Nishida with the 15th pick of the day in round 11, the 329th overall pick. The Osaka, Japan, native is the seventh-highest drafted infielder of the modern era behind Josh Kasevich, Spencer Steer, Sabin Ceballos, Ryon Healy, Brennan Milone and Mitchell Tolman. His selection marked just the second time the White Sox have drafted a Ducks player, joining Jakob Goldfarb (2019).
Ayon was the second Duck taken during day three of the draft and the sixth overall when the Washington Nationals selected him with the first pick of the 20th round (585 overall). The right-hander became the first Duck ever selected by the Nationals.
2023 Oregon Draft Picks
Sabin Ceballos – Round 3 (Pick 94) – Atlanta Braves
Jace Stoffal – Round 8 (Pick 237) – Minnesota Twins
Colby Shade – Round 9 (Pick 263) – Miami Marlins
Josh Mollerus – Round 10 (Pick 304) – Toronto Blue Jays
Rikuu Nishida – Round 11 (Pick 329) – Chicago White Sox
Isaac Ayon – Round 20 (Pick 585) – Washington Nationals
Oregon Draft Notes
Rikuu Nishida, JR, 2B (Chicago White Sox, 11th Round, 329th Pick)
Isaac Ayon, JR, RHP (Washington Nationals, 20th Round, 585th Pick)