Otto & Myers Selected In MLB Draft
Owl Duo Drafted In 5th & 6th Rounds
Otto (7-4, 3.77, 8 saves) was picked by the New York Yankees in the fifth round as the draft's 152nd player selected. Myers, a pitcher/infielder (1-5, 3.98, 1 save and .358 avg., 8 HR, 43 RBI) went in the sixth round to the Detroit Tigers as pick No. 185 overall. It's the first time for both to be drafted by a major league franchise.
In the past three seasons primarily as a reliever, Otto compiled 17 career saves to tie for fourth in the program's history with former Owl major leaguer David Aardsma. Otto also ranks eighth at Rice in career appearances (82), owns an 18-6 career W-L record, and has posted a 2.61 collegiate ERA with 222 strikeouts in 172.1 career innings. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound, right-hander dominated each of his three appearances in the recent Conference USA Championship Tournament to be named the event's MVP, as well as help propel the program to its 23rd conference title. A native of Spring, Texas, Otto led the team with seven wins, a 3.77 ERA (min. 15 innings) and shared the team lead with 26 appearances (24 out of the bullpen). He finished second in both opponents' batting average (.221) and strikeouts (81), while averaging 12.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings of work. Though best-known as the Owls' stopper, the standout from Concordia Lutheran High School also made two starts on the mound vs. nationally-ranked foes Texas A&M and Southern Miss.
The versatile Myers joined Otto on the 2017 C-USA All-Tournament team, while also being named a second team all-conference honoree as a utility player. As a right-handed pitcher Myers was second on the Owl staff in ERA (3.98), third in opponents' batting average (.244) and the team-leader in pick-offs (4). His pitching was only part of the story, however, as he also shared the team lead in hits (88), home runs (8), triples (5), total bases (134), steals (13), steal attempts (16), sacrifice bunts (5), and multi-hit games (29), while also finishing second on the squad in batting average (.358), at bats (246) and slugging percentage (.545). At the plate or on the mound, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Katy, Texas, was fifth on the team with 62 games started. Myers was selected by Detroit organization that has shown it has liked Owl pitchers over the years. Some of the Tigers' picks have included Matt Anderson (1997), Kenny Baugh (2001) and Austin Kubitza (2013).
In their time at Rice the Myers and Otto duo improved under the daily training of Owl head coach and former major leaguer Wayne Graham. There is still a chance even more Rice players will be selected in the Draft's final 30 rounds scheduled for Wednesday (June 14).
In 2017 Rice baseball finished with a winning record for the 26th-straight year in a row. The Owls advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a 23rd-consecutive season, currently the nation's third-longest active streak of reaching a NCAA Regional.