Omaha, Neb. — A quartet of Creighton Baseball players were selected on the third day of the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft on Wednesday, June 6.
Leading the way for Creighton was junior Michael Emodi, selected in the 11th round by the Kansas City Royals with the 332nd pick. The next Bluejay selected was senior Ryan Tapani, taken by the Washington Nationals in the 21st round with the 641st pick. Two juniors rounded out Creighton’s four players taken as Jacob Voss went to the Los Angeles Angels in the 27th round (811th pick) and Clark Brinkman was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 32nd round with the 945th selection.
The last time Creighton had four players selected in the same draft was in 2006, when Zach Daeges (6th round), Marc Lewis (26th round), Adam Schaecher (31st round) and Chase Odenreider (49th round) were taken.
The quarter of Bluejays pushed the total of MLB Draft picks since head coach Ed Servais took the helm to 30 players selected since 2004.
In his three seasons as a Bluejay, Emodi has swatted a combined 20 home runs, collected 96 RBI. Emodi appeared in 139 games. Mike joins former Creighton teammate Nicky Lopez in the Royals organization.
Tapani completed a stellar senior season by earning an All-American Third Team selection from Collegiate Baseball earlier this season. The Bluejay ace collected 10 wins (10-1) in 14 starts, finishing his Bluejay career tied for the best winning percentage in school history at 13-2 (.867). Ryan tossed 94.1 innings in 2018, collecting 95 strikeouts and an impressive 2.38 ERA.
Despite just pitching 5.2 innings in his first season at Creighton, Voss was selected by Los Angeles Angels in the 27th round. Last season the Angels selected Keith Rogalla in the 12th round, while Los Angeles took catcher Anthony Bemboom in the 22nd round in 2012.
Brinkman was Creighton’s final selection of the day, continuing a trend of Bluejay center fielder’s going to the Tigers. Former Bluejay center fielders’ Mike Gerber (2014) and Daniel Woodrow (2016) are in Detroit’s farm system. Gerber is with the AAA Toledo Mud Hens, while Woodrow is with the AA Erie Seawolves.