Another Spartan with eligiblity was taken in the MLB Draft, and this one isn't coming bck
Junior closer Tony Wieber was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 33rd round with the No. 1,005 overall pick. Wieber posted a 2.22 ERA in 25 appearances this past season and is MSU's all-time saves leader (18). In 28 1/3 innings, he allowed 25 hits and seven earned runs.
He told the LSJ's Chris Solari that he plans on signing with the Padres.
MSU junior RHP Tony Wieber of Grand Ledge confirmed to me that he plans to sign w/San Diego Padres in coming days. 33rd-round pick at #1005.—Chris Solari (@chrissolari) June 6, 2012
Wieber's decision to sign means MSU loses its top two bullpen arms from this season — the other being senior Bryce Jenney.
Two incoming Spartans were also selected on the day.
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Right-handed pitcher Justin Alleman was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 18th round at No. 553 overall, while outfielder Cam Gibson was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 38th round at No. 1,173. Gibson is the son of former Spartan and current Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. Given their draft slots, Alleman could go either way, while Gibson should be heading to East Lansing.
Overall, the four Spartans drafted are the most since five were taken in 2002. (Again, here's MSU's all-time draft history). As mentioned in the earlier draft post, losing up to three current players early to the draft will hurt the MSU program in the short-term, that's the price of success. On the flip side, the recruiting classes are getting better. The future remains very bright for the MSU baseball program.