2 Gophers picked on Day 2 of MLB Draft

Two University of Minnesota baseball players, including one Minnesota native, were selected Monday during the second day of the 2021 MLB Draft.

Gophers second baseman Zack Raabe, of Forest Lake, was picked in the eighth round, No. 237 overall, by the Milwaukee Brewers. The junior led Minnesota in batting average (.307), runs (18), hits (39), slugging percentage (.520), walks (20) and on-base percentage (.403) this past season. He also had a .993 fielding percentage and led the Gophers with 86 assists.

Before Raabe’s selection, incoming freshman pitcher Alec Willis, from Denver, was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals with the No. 211 overall pick. The right-handed pitcher became the highest-drafted U of M incoming freshman in program history with his selection, and the first incoming Minnesota freshman to be drafted since Max Meyer in 2017. He was ranked as the No. 1 player from Colorado by MLB.com.

The MLB Draft wraps up Tuesday.