Four Frogs Taken on Final Day of MLB Draft
June 7, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Four TCU players were selected on the final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft, giving the Horned Frogs a total of six players taken.
First baseman Kevin Cron went in the 14th round to the Arizona Diamondbacks, catcher Kyle Bacak in the 25th round to the Washington Nationals, right fielder Jerrick Suiter in the 26th round to the Pittsburgh Pirates and outfielder Cody Jones in the 38th round to the Cleveland Indians. Earlier in the draft, pitcher Brandon Finnegan was a first-round pick, the 17th overall player, by the Kansas City Royals, while pitcher Jordan Kipper went in the ninth round to the Los Angeles Angels.
It's the fifth straight season TCU has had at least six players drafted.
Cron, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., was selected by his hometown team. His older brother, C.J. Cron, is currently playing with the Angels, while dad Chris Cron played a combined two seasons with the Angels and Chicago White Sox. Chris Cron is currently the minor league hitting coordinator for the Diamondbacks.
Kevin Cron is batting .275 this season. He has a team-best four home runs while placing second with 38 RBIs. He has a .269 career average with 12 homers and 92 RBIs.
It's the second time Cron has been drafted. He was a third-round selection of the Seattle Mariners in the 2011 MLB Draft.
Bacak, one of just two seniors on this year's TCU squad, has started 106 of the Horned Frogs' 118 games the last two years. After beginning his career at the University of Houston, Bacak played one season at San Jacinto Junior College before transferring to TCU.
A Katy, Texas, native, Bacak is batting .257 this season with 16 RBIs. He has a .248 average in his two-year TCU career.
Suiter has been drafted for the second time. He was a 35th-round selection by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011.
Suiter, the Most Outstanding Player at the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, is batting .268 with 28 RBIs. The Valparaiso, Ind., native has a career .260 average with 58 RBIs.
Jones, TCU's leadoff hitter, has a team-best 27 stolen bases in 32 attempts this season. He's batting .276 with 17 RBIs. Jones played one season at Temple College before transferring to TCU. The Round Rock, Texas, native has a career average of .275 for the Horned Frogs with one home run and 35 RBIs. He is also 40-of-49 on stolen bases.
During his 11 seasons as TCU's head coach, Jim Schlossnagle has seen 50 players drafted by 23 organizations. In total, the Horned Frogs have had 54 draft selections since 2004.