July 13, 2021

Lonsway, Burhenn and Neely Selected in 2021 MLB Draft


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State baseball had a dream realized this week as they heard their names called as part of the 2021 MLB Draft.

Seth Lonsway went in the sixth round to the San Francisco Giants and Garrett Burhenn was selected in the ninth round by the Detroit Tigers. On day three, Jack Neely was selected by the New York Yankees in the 11th round.

Lonsway was fantastic over the last three seasons with the Buckeyes. He recorded 266 strikeouts over 178.1 innings in 33 appearances. He led the nation with 21.00 strikeouts per nine innings in the abbreviated 2020 season and that followed a Freshman All-America season in 2019 where he went 8-4 and struck out a Big Ten leading 126 batters. This year, he earned third team All-Big Ten honors while registering 98 strikeouts in 68.0 innings.

“Seth Lonsway has an elite curveball, one of the better breaking balls in the draft,” said head coach Greg Beals. “Scouts are aware of Seth’s ability with that breaking ball which should allow him to pitch in the big leagues. He has major league stuff. He works tirelessly on his craft and the quicker his fastball evolves and he commands his fastball, you’ll see Seth Lonsway in the big leagues. I have no doubt about that.”

Burhenn was the rock of the Ohio State staff this season. He too earned third team All-Big Ten honors after finishing with a 7-2 record and a 3.81 ERA. He made 13 starts this season and the Buckeyes won 10 of those 13 games, including each of the last six. In his last two starts, he tied his career-high with 11 punchouts in each start and only walked one batter in the 15 combined innings. In his career, he was 15-8 with a 4.34 ERA while striking out 189 and only walking 62 in 192.2 innings.

“Garrett Burhenn is steady Eddie and maybe one of the better starters in the Midwest,” said Beals. “He just takes the ball and gives his team a chance to win every game. He is in absolute control of himself all week long and when I say that, his preparation is top notch. His awareness of who he is and how he pitches successfully, is at an extremely high level. He has command of four pitches which pro teams are going to like as a future starter. Garrett’s a guy that the scouts believe can be a starter in the big leagues for a long time.”

Neely joined the Ohio State program prior to the start of the 2021 season after pitching at Texas and Iowa Western Community College in his first two seasons. Neely appeared in 12 games this season for the Buckeyes, making nine starts. He was 2-3 record with a 6.10 ERA. His final three appearances were out of the bullpen and he was electric, hitting 100 mph multiple times. The 6-8 fireballer finished the year with 62 strikeouts in 41.1 innings.

“Jack’s a big, tall guy with a power arm. He’s fun to watch out there,” Beals said. “The scouts see the big numbers and the power arm, and I think that’s going to get Jack his opportunity to go out and evolve his game at the professional level. His riding fastball plays well to the professional level, to the wooden bat and the higher strike zone in professional baseball.”

In total, 110 Buckeyes have been drafted since 1966. Since head coach Greg Beals took over the program in 2011, 26 players have heard their names called on draft day.