Arizona Wildcats baseball: Two UA recruits selected in first round of MLB draft

2014-06-05T19:36:00Z 2014-06-05T19:46:18Z Arizona Wildcats baseball: Two UA recruits selected in first round of MLB draftDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Arizona coach Andy Lopez is going to have to do some re-recruiting.

Two UA commits were selected in the first round of tonight’s Major League Baseball draft.

Phoenix Mountain Pointe shortstop Cole Tucker went 24th overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Michael Kopech, a right-handed pitcher from Mount Pleasant, Texas, followed at No. 33 to the Boston Red Sox.

Tucker and Kopech both signed national letters of intent with Arizona in the fall, but will likely sign with their respective organizations instead of attending college.

Tucker, rated as the 82nd best prospect in the draft by Baseball America, went higher than expected. The shortstop hit .405 with eight doubles, five home runs, four triples and 30 RBIs in 27 games for Mountain Pointe as a senior.

Kopech, rated 37th on Baseball America’s Top 500 list, had a 0.44 ERA as a senior. He gave up just four earned runs in 64 innings and struck out 129 batters.

Arizona signed 17 players in the fall and Lopez expected to possibly lose a few, including Tucker and Kopech. The Wildcats have several other recruits who should be taken in the next two days.

The signing deadline for players selected in the draft is July 18. If players opt to attend college over signing, they have to wait three years to be selected again.

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