Salinas was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the 25th round while Staab went in the 30th round to the Seattle Mariners. A total of three Owls were selected in the annual MLB Draft as junior Ford Proctor was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday (June 5) in the third round.
Salinas is a right-handed senior pitcher from Houston who was the Owls' 2018 Opening Day starter, but ended up getting sidelined for more than 11 weeks of action. He would not, however, give up on his senior season and worked hard to rejoin his teammates on the field at the Conference USA Tournament last month in Biloxi, Miss. Salinas got the starting nod in a key game against heavy-hitting No. 2 seed FAU and allowed just one run in 3.0 scheduled innings of work. Though he finished the year with just four appearances (all starts), the former North Shore High School star posted 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings and he maintained a 2.8-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. Three of the teams the 2018 Rice graduate faced (Stanford, FAU and Samford) all advanced to NCAA Regionals.
Stabb is a junior outfielder/designated hitter who, along with Ford Proctor, is one of two Owls on the current roster to be drafted twice. This season the junior from College Station, Texas. set new season-highs in hits and batting average while working his way into nine starts and 13 appearances overall.
The Owls had three players selected in the MLB Draft for the second year in a row, plus one extra Rice-connection. In the 37th round Rice signee Antonio Cruz of nearby Episcopal High School was selected by the defending world champion Houston Astros. Cruz is the younger brother of current Owl player Trei Cruz (who was named a Freshman All-America selection earlier in the day). The Cruz children are the sons of former Owl great/major leaguer Jose Cruz Jr., and the nephews of 2003 Rice Baseball National Champion/MLB Draftee Enrique Cruz.