COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior catcher Jacob Barnwell was selected in the 22nd round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies. In addition, junior left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis as well as Keegan Fish, a member of the Buckeyes 2018-19 recruiting class, also were taken in the draft. Curlis was picked in the 24th round by the Cincinnati Reds, while Fish was selected in the 13th round by the Miami Marlins.
Barnwell, from Catlettsburg, Ky., made 55 starts from behind the dish and played in 57 games, directing the Buckeyes back to the NCAA Tournament for the second time and three years. He batted .261 (49-for-188) with season-highs in runs scored (36), hits (49), doubles (8), home runs (2) and RBI (27). Barnwell, who was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List earlier this spring, had a .369 on-base percentage and was 5-for-7 in stolen bases. A solid defensive catcher, Barnwell threw out 18 of 49 stolen base attempts, which ranked third in the Big Ten.
Curlis, from Findlay, Ohio, was the Buckeyes’ Friday night starter in 2018. He led the team in victories, going 7-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts in 17 games. He struck out 77 batters in 88.2 innings pitched. Curlis ranked sixth in the league in strikeouts and 15th in the league in ERA. He was named the NCAA All-Tournament Team at the Greenville Regional after throwing six scoreless innings on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks in a no decision performance against eventual Regional Champion South Carolina.
Fish, a catcher from West Chester, Ohio, was named a second team All-Ohio for Lakota West High School during his senior year in2018. He was a first team all-conference selection as well.