June 8, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington had two players chosen on Day 3 of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. Junior right-handed pitcher John Beck was picked in the 15th round by the Colorado Rockies and the Minnesota Twins took junior shortstop Ryan Walker in the 18th round Saturday.
Beck, taken 439th overall, went 1-6 this past season with two saves in 24 appearances, including six starts. The Temple, Texas native compiled a 5.11 ERA in 68.2 innings, striking out 38 and walking 22. Beck has gone 7-10 in three years at UT Arlington.
Walker, the 530th selection, hit .304 and was the only Maverick to play and start in all 58 games. The Arlington Martin graduate was second on the team with 75 hits and first with 43 runs. Walker was named second-team All-Southland Conference as a sophomore in 2012 after leading UTA in batting average (.360), runs (56) and hits (90). He was a member of the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team in 2011.
UT Arlington has had 48 players drafted all-time with the selections of Beck and Walker, and 11 have come since Darin Thomas took over as head coach in 2008.
"I'm happy for both guys to get their name called in the draft," Thomas said.