Six Frogs picked up in the MLB draft


    The MLB draft claimed six TCU baseball players, the third highest number of draft picks in the history of TCU. 

    Josh Elander and Kyle Von Tungeln were drafted on Tuesday during day two of the MLB draft.

    Wednesday night, Kevin Allen, Tyler Duffie, Kaleb Merck, and Jason Coats rounded out the six TCU draft picks. 

    Elander was drafted in the sixth round by the Atlanta Braves and Von Tungeln was picked by the Colorado Rockies in the 13th round. Kevin Allen was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 23rd round while Tyler Duffie went in the 27th round with the Milwaukee Brewers. Kaleb Merck went in the 33rd round with the Minnesota Twins and Jason Coats went to the Chicago White Sox in the 29th round. 

    Elander was the 209th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. The junior catcher from Round Rock was recently named to the College Station Regional all-tournament team.

    He is the only Frog to have started all 60 games this season. Elander is hitting .316 with a .521 slugging percentage and a .442 on-base percentage. He leads the team with 10 home runs this season and has tallied 42 RBIs.

    Von Tungeln was the 409th pick by the Colorado Rockies. A second-team all-Mountain West selection, Von Tungeln was a member of the College Station Regional all-tournament team.  

    The junior outfielder from Sugar Land is hitting .301 in 58 games played this season. Von Tungeln has 10 doubles, five triples and a pair of home runs for a .420 slugging percentage.

    Allen, a pitcher out of Kingwood, Texas is 5-2 with a 2.97 ERA. He has struck out 43 in 30 1/3 innings wihile holding opposing batters to a .202 average. Allen officially signed with the Royals.

    Duffie, a native of Houston, Texas, has pitched 9 1/3 innings this season without allowing an earned run. Opponents are hitting .097 against him and he has struck out eight batters. 

    Merck has posted five saves this season while limiting opposing batters to a .202 average. The Keller native set out last season due to injuries. 

    Coats batted .326 this spring with six home runs and 45 RBIs. Coats is TCU's career leader in doubles and at bats and is second in hits,  RBIs, and total bases. 

    Head coach Jim Schlossnagle has seen 40 players drafted throughout his nine years coaching at the university.