Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Jayhawks Nelson, Lantz drafted

June 6, 2001


Kansas University senior shortstop John Nelson and KU junior pitcher Doug Lantz were drafted during the first day of the amateur baseball draft on Tuesday.

Nelson went in the eighth round, 254th overall, to the St. Louis Cardinals, while Lantz went in the 14th round to the Cleveland Indians.

See the 6Sports report on the story.

Nelson is the second Jayhawk in the last two years to be selected in the top 10 rounds, following Brandon O'Neal, who was a sixth-round selection last season.

A native of Denton, Texas, Nelson batted .312 this past season and led KU with six triples and four home runs.

During his four years at Kansas, the second-team All-Big 12 performer set the Big 12 records for steals in a game (5), season (42) and career (95).

"I really didn't know where I would fall in the draft," Nelson said. "I had a good idea that the Cardinals would select me, but I was not real sure of what round. I was hoping to be picked in the first 10 rounds so I was excited when I found out they selected me in the eighth."

Last season, Nelson was selected in the 39th round by the Seattle Mariners and in 1999, he was selected in the 40th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lantz, a right-hander from Southlake, Texas, was the 427th overall pick of the draft.

Lantz, who started the season as KU's closer, moved into the starting rotation in April and worked complete games in six of his eight starts.

He finished the year with a 4-6 record with a team-best five saves. Lantz struck out 82 batters in 881*3 innings and surrendered just 24 walks.

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