June 4, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six Ohio State baseball players were selected in Major League Baseball’s June draft. Three Buckeyes that have concluded their OSU careers as well as three underclassmen were chosen during the first 50 rounds in the following order:
Mike Kremblas, C – Round 8, Toronto. Finished his career at OSU with a .342 batting average. Was a first team all-Big Ten and an all-conference tournament selection in 1997 and earned second team conference honors in 1998.
Eric Thompson, RHP – Round 12, Oakland. Junior that hurled OSU’s first no-hitter in 10 years this season, earning National Player of the Week honors. Twice named a second team all-Big Ten selection. 20-9 for his career with 12 complete games.
Mike Lockwood, CF – Round 14, Oakland. Sophomore that holds season records for walks (50-1997) and runs scored (72-1998). Batted .401 in 1998 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI as the OSU’s leadoff hitter.
Mark Carek, SS – Round 23, New York (AL). Four-year starter for the Buckeyes that closed his career with two OSU records (runs scored-217 and at-bats-823). A two-time co-captain that was twice named to the Big Ten’s first team. A 1995 freshman All-American.
Justin Fry, RHP – Round 37, Pittsburgh. Junior that has a 25-9 record as the ace of the Buckeye pitching staff. Has 24 complete games to his credit and is second for career innings pitched (305.1) and third for career strikeouts (278).
Mike Stafford, LHP – Round 41, Toronto. Finished his final season at OSU as a second team all-Big Ten reliever that finished first in the conference for games finished (24), games in relief (29) and appearances (29). Closed his career with a 2.41 ERA.