Huskers, recruits wait to hear their names during MLB draft
The Major League Baseball Draft got underway Monday night. And while no Huskers or Nebraska recruits were selected in either of Monday’s first two rounds, Tuesday and Wednesday could be busy days for several players.The two biggest decisions for Nebraska will come from a pair of juniors, catcher Jesse Wilkening and pitcher Chad Luensmann, who would be critical pieces of NU’s 2019 lineup. Both could be picked Tuesday or Wednesday.Seniors Scott Schreiber, Luis Alvarado and Jake Hohensee are also likely to hear their names called at some point over the next couple days, as could a few of the Huskers’ 2018 recruits.Here is a look at the NU players and recruits most likely be drafted over the next couple days:Chad Luensmann (RHP)6-foot-4, 237 poundsBaseball America Top 500 prospects ranking: No. 405; No. 1 draft prospect in the state of Nebraska.Luensmann was drafted by the New York Mets in the 39th round out of high school in 2015. Projected to be one of Nebraska’s top arms in 2018, he missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.Jesse Wilkening (C)5-10, 200 poundsBaseball America ranking: No. 425; No. 2 prospect in Nebraska.Despite battling shoulder soreness much of the season, Baseball America calls Wilkening “one of the most productive catchers — statistically — in this year’s draft class,” who “fits the profile of a day 2 pick as a college catcher.“Wilkening led NU with a .372 batting average and 56 RBIs and was second on the team with nine home runs.He was a 28th-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks coming out of high school.Scott Schreiber (1B/OF)6-3, 225 poundsBaseball America ranking: No. 473; No. 5 prospect in Nebraska.Finally healthy after battling various injuries throughout his career, Schreiber put together a standout senior season, hitting .369 with 18 home runs and 48 RBIs while slugging .692.Schreiber was drafted in the 26th round last season by the Tampa Bay Rays before returning to NU.Luis Alvarado (RHP)6-4, 210 poundsBaseball America ranking: NR, No. 8 prospect in Nebraska.Alvarado figures to be drafted for the third time in the last five years after going in the 13th round to Seattle last season and in the 33rd round to Boston just before coming to Nebraska.Projected as a starting pitcher at the next level, Alvarado was up-and-down during his senior season, with a 3-7 record and 4.89 ERA in a team-high 70 innings pitched. He led the Huskers with 65 strikeouts.Colby Gomes (RHP)6-5, 200 poundsBaseball America ranking: NR, No. 6 in Nebraska. MLB.com ranking: No. 161.The official Major League Baseball website is high on Gomes, who was a Journal Star first-team Super-Stater after going 7-0 with a 1.06 ERA for Millard West.“Though Gomes has one of the best arms and bodies among high school pitchers in the Midwest, teams believe it will be virtually impossible to divert him from playing at Nebraska,” MLB.com said.Kyle Perry (LHP)6-1, 175 poundsBaseball America ranking: NR, No. 7 in Nebraska.Perry was 6-2 with 79 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched and a 1.35 ERA for Millard South, while hitting .354.Brett Hammit (SS)6-2, 205 poundsBaseball America ranking: NR, No. 10 in Missouri.The slugger from Nixa, in the southwest part of the state, was named the player of the year in his conference. Could see his named pop up in the later rounds.Spencer Schwellenbach (RHP/SS)6-1, 200 poundsBaseball America ranking: No. 458; No. 8 prospect in Michigan. The Saginaw native has a fastball that can touch the mid-90s, but will also get his shot in the infield with the Huskers. His impressive physical tools could help him rise into the top half of the draft.