COLUMBIA, Mo. – The 2023 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft concluded Tuesday with two more University of Missouri standouts selected in the final 10 rounds. Senior pitcher Chandler Murphy was taken by Tampa Bay in the 12th round (363rd overall), before graduate third baseman Luke Mann was picked by Oakland in the 14th round (406th overall).
The two selections doubled Mizzou’s 2023 crop of draftees to a total of four, joining fourth-round selection Austin Troesser (New York Mets) and Zach Franklin (Chicago White Sox), who were picked during the second day of the draft on Monday.
Murphy logged a 4-5 overall record in his first season with Mizzou, making a club-high 14 starts as the anchor of the Tigers’ weekend rotation. The Peoria, Ariz., product struck out 63 batters in 74.0 innings and limited the opposition to a .240 batting mark.
Over the course of his four-year collegiate career, Murphy compiled a 14-7 mound mark in 51 total appearances. He completed three seasons at Arizona, where he helped the Wildcats to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances, including a trip to the 2021 College World Series.
A Second-Team All-SEC selection this spring, Mann turned in a banner 2023 campaign, hitting .311 while leading the Tigers in runs scored (54), hits (64), home runs (21) and total bases (140). The St. Louis native recorded a career-best 12-game hit streak (Feb. 24-March 15) and finished the season 18 multi-hit performances and four multi-homer games.
Most notably, Mann climbed to the top of the Tigers’ career home run chart, matching Jacob Priday’s 15-year-old Mizzou record by hitting his 49th long ball on May 19 at Auburn.
With their four selections this season, the Tigers have seen nine players drafted over the last two seasons, as well as a total of 37 picks in the last 10 drafts.
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