Abbott Selected in Second Round by Cubs, Highest LMU Pick Since 2000
Cory Abbott was selected with the 67th overall pick in the second round.
Junior right-hander Cory Abbott was selected in the second round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Monday, nabbed by the Chicago Cubs with the 67th overall pick. The second-round selection is the highest for LMU since 2000, when Billy Traber was taken in the first round by the New York Mets, followed by Michael Schultz in the second round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Abbott was also the first WCC player selected this season.
Abbott, LMU's first-ever first team All-American according to Baseball America, also earned first-team honors according to Collegiate Baseball, and is a finalist for National Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year Award.
The 2017 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year went 11-2 with a 1.74 ERA over 15 starts this year, guiding LMU to its first WCC Championship since 2000. The right-hander logged 98.1 innings and struck out 130 hitters while limiting the opposition to just 61 hits and a .173 average against. The highlight of Abbott's season came on March 25 when he tossed the first perfect game in LMU and West Coast Conference history, defeating BYU by a score of 2-0. The perfect game was one of two complete game shutouts thrown by Abbott this season.
Abbott's stellar season ranks amongst the best in LMU history, as he turned in the lowest opponent batting average (.173) and most strikeouts-per-nine innings (11.90), second-best ERA (1.74), second-most shutouts (2), fourth-most strikeouts (130), and seventh-most wins (11).
The 2017 MLB Draft continues on Tuesday with rounds three through 10. Coverage on MLB.com begins at 9:30 a.m. PT.
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