Crain and Snyder picked
in MLB Draft
By Stuart H. Clements
The Daily Cougar
The Major League amateur baseball draft
began Tuesday and two of Houston's own were given the ok to play in the
Lorrie Novosad/The Daily
The Minnesota Twins drafted
junior utility star Jesse Crain Tuesday. Crain's talent helped the Cougars'
offense, infield and pitching.
Junior utility player Jesse Crain and
junior catcher Chris Snyder were taken in the second round of Tuesday's
amateur baseball draft.
Crain was the No. 61 overall draft pick
and was taken by the Minnesota Twins.
Snyder had to wait a bit, but it wasn't
much longer before the defending World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks
used its No. 68 draft
pick to take him.
The two Cougars became No. 4 and No. 5
in school history to be selected in the second round of the draft, and
joined Mike Walker, Steve
Cummings and Paul Kuzniar.
Crain and Snyder were major contributors
to the success of arguably the best Houston baseball team in Cougar history.
Aside from maintaining a top 10 national
ranking in the Baseball America poll the Cougars went undefeated in the
Mesa Regional — the
Cougars' first step in reaching the College
World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Collectively, Snyder, a Houston native,
and Crain, a native of Boulder, Colo., led the Cougar offense all season
long — Crain for the first half,
and Snyder for the second.
Snyder leads with a .347 batting average,
and set a new Cougar single-season record for RBIs with 70.
Snyder is one of four outstanding athletes
in C-USA who ranked among the top 10 of leaders in all three offensive
Triple Crown categories.
Snyder was considered the Cougars' favorite
to be drafted this season. The 6-3 catcher played for Team USA. The national
team went 21-7-1
with Snyder starting 18 of 20 games that
Last year, Snyder was one of just two Cougars
to start all 59 games —56 times at catcher.
Crain has proven himself all over the field
this season. As an offender, Crain had a .317 batting average and tallied
11 home runs and 47 RBIs.
In the infield, Crain played mainly shortstop
and maintained a .958 fielding percentage while at that position.
Crain also got the opportunity to give
his live arm some practice. While on the mound, the right-hander went undefeated
with a 4-0 record, and
had a UH single-season record of his own
with nine saves and 41 strikeouts in 34 innings of work.
Crain never allowed an earned run this
season, and only one unearned run as well as one inherited run got by him.
In his last 33 innings, Crain hasn't allowed
any scoring. The streak is the second longest for Cougar baseball.
The Cougars will take their two workhorses
to Austin this weekend to compete in an NCAA Super Regional against Texas.
Snyder and Crain have acted well under
pressure, especially Sunday's game against Arizona State, which the Cougars
Snyder went four-for-four with three runs
and two RBIs, while Crain closed on the mound Saturday and Sunday. After
loading the bases
Sunday, Crain managed to end the game
with a strike out before there was any opportunity to score.
The first Super Regional game begins at
7 p.m. Friday.