Iowa’s Adams, McCoy selected in 6th round of MLB Draft

AP FILE PHOTO University of Iowa shortstop Mason McCoy dives for a ground ball against Nebraska during a Big Ten Conference baseball game April 15 in Lincoln, Neb.

IOWA CITY — Two University of Iowa baseball players were selected in the sixth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

Junior first baseman Jake Adams was selected with the 181st pick by the Houston Astros, while senior infielder McCoy was taken seven picks later by the Baltimore Orioles. They are Iowa’s highest draft picks since 1999 when Wes Obermueller was drafted in the second round by the Kansas City Royals.

Adams was selected by the Astros after earning All-America plaudits from three different outlets following his junior season. The South Dakota native was a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness and a third-team selection by Baseball America.

Adams was also tabbed as the unanimous Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and the only unanimous first-team all-Big Ten selection in 2017. Adams leads the NCAA lead with 29 home runs in his first season of Division I baseball, while ranking third in total bases (183), fourth in slugging percentage (.747), and seventh in RBIs (72).

Adams is a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur player in the United States. He is the first Hawkeye to be selected to the prestigious list.

McCoy was selected by Baltimore after earning second-team all-Big Ten honors as a senior. The shortstop posted a .328 average, while leading the league in hits (83) and runs (55) and ranking second in doubles (18). He also had two triples, five home runs and 34 RBIs.

The Washington, Ill., native posted 26 multi-hit games, including seven three-hit contests. McCoy posted a 15-game hitting and 26-game on-base streak during the season.

Defensively, McCoy was one of the Big Ten’s best, posting a .974 fielding percentage, committing just nine errors in 340 chances, while being a part of one of the nation’s best double-play tandems.

The first Iowan selected in the draft was Daniel Tillo. The Sioux City North graduate was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the third round with the 90th overall pick out of Iowa Western Community College. The 6-foot-5 left-handed pitcher originally played at the University of Kentucky before transferring back to his home state and the national junior college powerhouse Reivers in Council Bluffs.

Tillo was the 2015 recipient of Iowa’s Mr. Basketball award.

The Los Angeles Angels selected Des Moines Roosevelt senior right-handed pitcher John Swanda in the fourth round with the 115th overall pick of the draft.

Swanda, a University of Nebraska commit, was the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year. Last summer the 6-2, 185-pounder went 3-1 on the mound with a 2.83 earned run average and 29 strikeouts.