August 23, 2014
Wolf Pack first baseman Austin Byler was selected by the Washington Nationals in the ninth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
He was named to the All-Conference first team as a junior, batting .326 with14 home runs and 47 RBI. He also had 14 doubles and five triples.
Byler led the Mountain West Conference in home runs, triples and total bases, and was ranked third in RBI.
He was the 274th overall pick. That slot is given a salary bonus value of $143,500 by Baseball America, but he still has the option of returning to Nevada for his senior season.
Byler was projected to be a 3rd-to-5th round pick in the days leading up to the draft. He was ranked as a Top 100 draft prospect by ESPN's Keith Law.
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