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Former Coyote selected in MLB Draft

The Baltimore Orioles selected former Weatherford College pitcher Jake Lyons in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday.

Jake Lyons 2017Lyons, now at Oklahoma State University, is 5-2 with a save and a 4.94 ERA in 19 appearances this season, 17 of those out of the bullpen. The 6-foot-5-inch, 285-pound junior from Irving MacArthur has racked up 50 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings this year for the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State has advanced to the NCAA Super Regional, facing Texas Tech in a best of three series beginning Friday in Lubbock for the right to advance to the College World Series. Lyons earned a win in relief against Nebraska in the regional finals Saturday in Kansas City, retiring 14 straight batters in one stretch of the game.

“I love to see good things happen to good people, and Jake has a heart of gold,” said Jeff Lightfoot, WC head baseball coach. “We’re hoping for great things for this young man.”

This is the second time Lyons has been drafted by a MLB franchise. In 2017, the San Diego Padres selected him after his freshman season at Weatherford College, also in the 22nd round. He elected to return to WC for his sophomore season.

Lyons was 16-5 in his two years at WC. He was a two-time All-Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference honoree and set the school record for most strikeouts in a game (18).

“Jake made a tremendous impact on our program,” Lightfoot said. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”

Lyons is the 14th former Coyote to be selected in the MLB Draft. 25 current Coyotes have also been selected in the draft since 2004.