Dover's Miguel Obeso was a force throughout his playing days as a Longhorn. After one season at Cowley County College (Kan.), Obeso caught the eye of Major League Baseball scouts.
Obeso was selected Wednesday in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Bluejays, going in the 40th round as the 1,197th overall pick. In his freshman season on the mound, the 6-feet-3, 280-pound right-hander was 3-0, appearing in 15 games and starting two. While his ERA was a bit elevated at 6.30, it's not hard to see what impressed the scouts. Obeso struck out 42 batters in a little over 24 innings pitched.
At Dover, Obeso was a first-team Enid News & Eagle All-Northwest Oklahoma selection. In his senior prep season, Obeso was 7-1 with a 0.83 ERA and 135 strikeouts. He was named All-State by the Oklahoma Coaches Association and small school pitcher of the year by the Northwestern Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association and small school player of the year by the Western Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association.
Obeso wasn't the only player selected that should be of particular interest to area fans.
Northern Oklahoma College Enid commit Thomas Little was drafted in the 33rd round (990 overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies. Little, out of Vauxhall Academy in Alberta, Canada, is a hard-throwing 6-feet-7, 200-pound left hander.
Two players who appeared in the recently concluded NJCAA Division II World Series had their names called.
Madison (Wis.) College sophomore pitcher Brandon Komar was selected in the 13th round (383 overall) by the San Diego Padres and Pearl River (Miss.) freshman second baseman Dexter Jordan was selected by the Houston Astros in the 14th round (496). Dexter was noted to be one of the Enid News & Eagle's 10 players to watch in this year's World Series and was fourth in Division II with 18 home runs.
Region 2 regular-season champion Western Oklahoma continued its reputation as a program producing MLB prospects.
The Pioneers had four players selected. Sophomore shortstop Junior Martina was Western's highest drafted player this year, selected by the Washington Nationals in the 16th round (483). Freshman pitcher Jhonny Felix went in the 21st round (521) to the Miami Marlins, followed by sophomore catcher Allan Berrios (Washington, 22nd round, 663) and power-hitting sophomore first baseman Dan Pruitt (Detroit Tigers, 38th round, 1,132). Pruitt led Region 2 in batting average (.481), RBI (83) and home runs (22).
Overall, Oklahoma State led the way among state schools with eight draft picks. Oklahoma had four players selected.