Wilkening and Alvarado are latest Huskers to be drafted, Wilkening to forgo senior year

Wilkening and Alvarado are latest Huskers to be drafted, Wilkening to forgo senior year

Nebraska catcher Jesse Wilkening was selected in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, while pitcher Luis Alvarado went in the 17th round to the Angels.

Wilkening finished the 2018 season with a team-high .372 batting average. That average was also fourth best in the Big Ten. Wilkening led the team with 14 doubles and 56 RBIs.

He was picked in the 28th round of the 2015 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he it turned to down to have a college career.

Wilkening is a junior with one year of eligibility left, but he informed the Omaha World-Herald that he plans to go pro.

Alvarado was picked in the 13th round last year by the Seattle Mariners before returning for his senior year.

Alvarado went from a closing role in 2017 to a starting role on the mound in 2018. In 14 starts, he had a 3-7 record with a 4.89 ERA.

Alvarado struck out 65 batters and walked 28. Both of those numbers were team-highs.