JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the 98th pick in the third round of the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, the Baltimore Orioles selected Jacksonville University's Michael Baumann Tuesday. Baumann joins former Dolphins Austin Hays (2016 Baltimore/Round 3), Chris Anderson (2013 Los Angeles Dodgers/Round 1), and Adam Brett Walker (2012 Minnesota Twins/Round 3) as the fourth top-three round draft pick in the last six years. Baumann, Hays, and Walker are all now a part of the Baltimore farm system.
Baumann had a terrific three-year run with the Dolphins, setting the career record for strikeouts (251) and tying the record for starts in a career (43). The righty from Mahtomedi, Minn., has the fifth-lowest career ERA (minimum 100 innings pitched) since 1991 and the lowest career batting average against (minimum 100 innings pitched).
Baumann was named ASUN Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year in 2015 and had the fourth-most strikeouts and fifth-most wins by a rookie in the NCAA that season. He was dubbed the 2016 Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year before finishing 4-4 in 14 starts with 69 strikeouts his sophomore season. His final season with the Dolphins he helped lead JU to its first ASUN regular season championship since 2006 and ranked in the Top 10 in the conference in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, and fewest hits allowed.
Baumann joins a large contingent of former Dolphins still playing in the pros, including Hays, J.J. Gould (2016 Miami Marlins/Round 24), Connor Marabell (2015 Cleveland Indians/Round 25), Alex McRae (2014 Pittsburgh Pirates/Round 10), Brett Walker, Matt Tomshaw (2011 Minnesota Twins/Round 42), Matt Loosen (2010 Chicago Cubs/Round 23), and JU Hall of Famer Daniel Murphy (2006 New York Mets/Round 13). Dolphin alum Angelo Amendolare (2015 Chicago Cubs/Round 27) retired from the pros after two seasons to join the JU Baseball coaching staff.