Nick Gallagher, Ryan Erickson Selected in MLB Draft on Day 3

By Jeremy Karll on June 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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Jake Adams and Mason McCoy were both picked in the sixth round yesterday, and today three more Hawkeyes went off the board. The #Hellerball era keeps getting better, as this was just the third time ever that at least four Hawkeyes were taken in the MLB Draft -- five taken in 1992 and 2015.

The Cleveland Indians took the first Hawkeye of the day. Cleveland selected Nick Gallagher with the 492nd pick (16th round). 

Gallagher grew up in Iowa City, graduated from Iowa City West and still has a year of eligibility left. So maybe he would stay for his senior season? Nope. Gallagher quickly announced his intentions to sign with Cleveland, which is a huge loss for Iowa's pitching staff that already is losing key members in Ryan Erickson and Josh Martsching.

Gallagher will start his career in Short Season-A with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Cleveland's single-A club is the Lake County Captains, which is where he’d most likely pitch in 2018. He could face former teammate Adams in the Midwest League.

With the 897th pick (30th round), Ryan Erickson, the second member of Iowa's one-two punch in 2017, was taken by the Chicago White Sox. The Great Falls Voyagers are Chicago's Rookie League team, but Erickson could join former Hawkeye Blake Hickman on the White Sox single-A club, the Kannapolis Intimidators. 

The draft concluded with Iowa football commit, Henry Marchese, being taken by the San Diego Padres with the 1,008th pick (34th round). It's a lot farther down than some outlets that projected him being taken in the first five rounds. Either way, being taken in the 34th round probably won't sway Marchese to the minor leagues. He'll be part of the Iowa football team and might even play for Rick Heller, too.

With the departures of Gallagher and Erickson, Iowa's pitching staff needed some good news. It got some when signee Brady Schanuel said he still plans to pitch for the Hawkeyes in 2018, despite being drafted with the 593rd pick (20th round) by the Philadelphia Phillies. Schanuel is a JUCO transfer from Parkland College and will evidently be a huge addition to the pitching staff. Schanuel went 10-1 with a 2.13 ERA over 80.1 innings pitched, striking out 130, at Parkland last season.

Also, if it wasn't already a forgone conclusion, Adams signed with the Houston Astros today. 

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