Creighton pitcher Jonas Dufek and outfielder Trever Adams figure to hear their names called sooner rather than later in this week's MLB amateur draft.
Bluejay coaches say conversations with scouts indicate the two seniors could go somewhere in the top 15 rounds and possibly could be selected in the first 10 rounds.
“It really doesn't matter to me what round,” Adams said. “I think when people see me play, that's all I'm going to need.”
Dufek, a right-hander from Millard West, compiled a 12-2 record with a 2.08 ERA. He said he's had some casual conversations with scouts, and expects to hear more now that the season is over.
“They knew that I was pretty focused on what we were trying to do here,” Dufek said. “The main thing is that I want to keep playing, and I just want to get an opportunity at the next level.”
Dufek won his last six decisions and turned in a dominant performance in pitching Creighton to a 2-1, first-round regional victory against Georgia. He said he's uncertain whether his strong showing down the stretch helped his draft cause.
“Any success is going to help you,” Dufek said. “The better the team does, the better we look. Then, having pretty good numbers is definitely something they're going to look at.”
Adams, from Lincoln Southeast, finished the season leading the Bluejays in batting average (.387), home runs (14) and RBIs (57). His average, accomplished with the restricted bat being used this season, is the highest by a Creighton player since Chris Gradoville hit .403 in 2005 and his career average of .374 is the highest since Scott Stahoviak's .418 from 1989-91.
“Everybody I've talked to says I'm going to get a chance,” Adams said. “I think I'm better than just a senior draft. I think I'm going to be able to help the team that drafts me.
“A few scouts have told me I'll go in the top 15 (rounds), a few have told me top 12. Other people have told me that whatever they're telling you, think completely opposite and the teams that sound excited, think completely opposite from them. It's a business.”
Shortstop Jimmy Swift could be a late-rounds pick, while pitcher Kurt Spomer, a junior, also has received some attention from the scouts, according to Creighton's coaches.
— Steven Pivovar