MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State junior lefthanded pitcher Aaron Leasher was selected Tuesday by the San Diego Padres in the sixth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Leasher was the third pick of the sixth round and the first Ohio Valley Conference player selected in 2017. He was the 168th overall pick in the draft. He is the sixth Eagle athlete to be drafted in the last three seasons and the seventh player in program history to be selected in the top 10 rounds. Leasher's pick by the Padres makes him the highest Eagle draft pick since Jon Rauch in 1999 (third round, White Sox), and he is the first-ever Morehead State player to be drafted by the Padres' organization.
"I'm very happy and excited for Aaron. This is a great day for Aaron and the Morehead State baseball program," said head coach Mike McGuire.
Leasher led the entire Ohio Valley Conference in wins with nine in 2017 and was tabbed First-Team All-OVC. He finished the year with 105 strikeouts, the fourth highest single-season total in program history, and became just the second pitcher in program history to record back-to-back 100-strikeout seasons.
Leasher recorded a team-best 9-3 record with a 4.19 ERA in 2017, and he walked only 32 in 92 innings pitched. He wrapped up junior year with 248 career strikeouts, which ranks in the top 10 in Morehead State history. Leasher had a season-high 10 strikeouts in eight innings in a win over Alabama State. He also notched nine punchouts in a seven-inning outing in an OVC Tournament win over Austin Peay.