LINCOLN — Three Nebraska recruits and a Husker senior were selected on the final day of the pro baseball draft.
Two of the drafted high school prospects are expected to join the NU team this fall. Outfielder Ryan Boldt, out of Red Wing, Minn., and pitcher Derek Burkamper, from Muscatine, Iowa, were picked by Boston Saturday, far later than originally projected by analysts.
Boldt, a potential first-rounder before an injury this spring, was Boston’s 22nd-round selection, No. 653 overall. The Red Sox took Burkamper in the 20th round (No. 593).
Players have until July 12 to sign a professional contract, but all indications are that both will enroll at Nebraska instead.
Chad Christensen, however, has no eligibility left. So he’ll presumably sign with Minnesota, which drafted him in the 25th round (No. 740). Miami picked Christensen in the 35th round last summer, but he turned down a deal to play his senior season at NU in 2013.
Christensen, ranked as the third-best prospect in the state by Baseball America, was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree. He led the Huskers in batting average (.364) and runs (45), while ranking second in RBIs (39).
Christensen started all 116 of Nebraska’s games the past two seasons, playing shortstop before moving to the outfield this spring.
He’s one of eight seniors whom the Huskers must replace next year.
They should have their full 13-member 2013 signing class on campus this fall to help provide some depth. Two junior college transfers — Chance Sinclair, a pitcher from Neosho County (Kan.) Community College, and Steven Reveles, a shortstop from Santa Barbara (Calif.) Community College — have both signed letters of intent to attend NU.
Catcher Ryan Miller, a prospect from San Bernardino Valley (Calif.) College, was the first player with NU ties to get drafted Saturday. He reportedly made a nonbinding commitment to Nebraska this spring, but he’s expected to sign with the San Diego Padres after they selected him in the 14th round (No. 418) Saturday.
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