Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information
Kent, Ohio -- Junior RHP Tyler Skulina and junior RHP Taylor Williams were both selected in the fourth round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Players Draft on Friday (June 7). Skulina was the 108th overall pick by the Chicago Cubs and Williams was the 122nd overall pick, chosen by the Milwaukee Brewers.
This is the second time Skulina has had his name called in the draft, as he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 46th round of the 2010 draft out of Walsh Jesuit High School. The right-hander posted a 3.77 and 3.36 ERA in his two-seasons as a Golden Flash after transferring from Virginia, and totaled a combined 17 wins and 208 strikeouts in his Kent State career. Skulina sits in the top ten in single-season records for KSU, tied in fourth place for innings pitched (107.1, 2012), tied for first place in wins (11, 2012) and fifth place in strikeouts (106, 2012). Prior to the 2013 season, Skulina was named a pre-season All-American by numerous outlets and was named the No.78 player in College Baseball Daily's Pre-Season Top 100.
Williams led the pitching staff in his sole year at Kent State after transferring from Mount Hood Community College a year ago. He posted a 2.47 ERA with a 10-1 record in 15 starts. He led the conference with 110 strikeouts compared to just 18 walks. His single season win and strikeout totals puts him in fourth place all-time at Kent State in both categories. The Camas, Washington, native also compiled three complete games and one shutout on his way to being named First Team All Mid-American Conference.
This marks the sixth time in the last ten years that a Golden Flash has been taken in one of the top ten rounds of the MLB Draft. Skulina is the fourth Kent State player in the last six years to be taken by the Cubs, joining Chris Carpenter (3rd round, 2008), Greg Rohan (21st round, 2010) and Ben Klafczynski (20th round, 2011). Williams is the first Golden Flash to be selected by the Brewers since Jon Pokorny was taken in the 9th round in 2009.
The MLB First Year Players Draft continues on Saturday (June 8) with rounds 11-40, beginning at 1:00pm.