FAYETTEVILLE — Barrett Astin became the third Arkansas pitcher selected in the 2013 MLB Draft on Friday, when the Milwaukee Brewers selected the right-hander with the 90th pick.
Astin went 4-4 with a 1.79 ERA in 2013, spending most of the season as Arkansas' Friday night starter. He showed plenty of versatility throughout his three-year career with the Razorbacks, though, working as a starter, middle reliever and closer.
Astin's 11 saves in 2012 ranks fourth on the school's single-season list.
His 15 career saves is tied for second on Arkansas' career list.
Astin joined Ryne Stanek (No. 29) and Colby Suggs (No. 73) as Arkansas pitchers selected. They became the first trio of Razorbacks picked in the top 100 selections since 2000, when Zack Cox, Brett Eibner and Drew Smyly were pulled off the board in the first 68 picks. It's also the first time three Arkansas pitchers have been selected in the first three rounds of the draft since 2007, when Nick Schmidt, Duke Welker and Jess Todd were all among the top 82 selections.
Signee Jon Denney also was picked in the third round, going to the Boston Red Sox at No. 81.
The draft will continue through the 10th round today. Rounds 11 through 40 will be held Saturday.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau