Two Tulane baseball players were chosen in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft Friday.
Catcher Jake Rogers was picked by the Houston Astros, and shortstop Stephen Alemais was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Rogers was the 97th overall pick in the draft, which began Thursday and concludes Saturday. He is the highest draft pick from Tulane since Shooter Hunt was selected 31st by the Minnesota Twins in 2008.
Alemais was selected eight picks later at No. 105, the second-to-last pick of the round.
Rogers, a Canyon, Texas, native, just completed his junior season in which he hit .261 with 46 runs, nine doubles, seven home runs, 28 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Rogers threw out 27 of 43 baserunners.
For his career, the catcher hit .233 in 169 games with 159 starts including 84 runs, 19 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 57 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and a school-record 83 runners caught stealing. His two-run homer in the Oxford regional last week eliminated host Ole Miss, and he was named to the all-tournament team.
He joins Mickey McKee (2000), Brian Bogusevic (2005), Tommy Manzella (2005) and Cat Everett (2007) as former Tulane players drafted by the Astros.
Alemais, a New York native, also just completed his junior campaign in which he hit .311 with 37 runs, 14 doubles, one home run, 28 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. For his career, the shortstop hit .293 in 161 games with 158 starts including 104 runs, 31 doubles, six triples, three home runs, 69 RBIs and 57 stolen bases.
This year, Alemais was named a first-team All-American Athletic Conference player, as well as a D1Baseball.com preseason second-team All-American and a Louisville Slugger third-team All-American.