After Monte Harrison was picked in the second round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night, another Nebraska baseball signee was selected on Friday afternoon, as Firth, Neb., native Jakson Reetz was picked in the third round by the Washington Nationals.
Picked 93rd overall in the draft, Reetz is the first high school player from the state of Nebraska to be picked in the top five rounds since 1996 when Omaha native Buddy Carlyle was selected in the second round by the Cincinnati Reds.
Reetz was tabbed as the No. 2 high school catcher and the No. 30 overall high school player in the country by Perfect Game. A three-time Lincoln Journal Star Super-State selection, Reetz hit .486 with 13 doubles and eight home runs, while driving in 37, as a senior at Norris High School. Reetz was one of two Norris products to sign with the Huskers last fall, joining Byron Hood.
Reetz was a first-team Perfect Game All-American in 2014, after earning first-team Underclass All-American honors in 2013. Last summer, Reetz was named MVP of the 2013 Perfect Game USA All-America Game at Petco Park in August. He was the second straight Husker signee to earn the award, as 2014 Freshman All-American Ryan Boldt took the honor in 2012.
Reetz earned a spot on USA Baseball’s 18U National Team last summer, becoming the first player in the state to earn a spot on the U18 team and only the second player to compete for Team USA, joining Alex Gordon (2004 National Team).
Harrison and Reetz have until July 18 to sign a contracts with their respective teams.
With the first 10 rounds in the books, the 2014 draft concludes on Saturday starting at Noon with rounds 11-40, streamed live on MLB.com.
2014 MLB Draftees with Huskers Ties
Round 2 (Milwaukee Brewers) – Monte Harrison (Signee)
Round 3 (Washington Nationals) – Jakson Reetz (Signee)