PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Jackson Cluff had a breakout season for BYU. Now, he’s about to embark on a professional career.
The BYU sophomore shortstop was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 6th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.
Cluff, who came off a 2-year LDS mission, hit .327 with four home runs and 56 RBI in leading the Cougars to the West Coast Conference regular season title.
As the 183rd overall selection, Cluff becomes the highest drafted BYU player since 2013, when Jacob Hannemann went in the 3rd round to the Chicago Cubs.
Cluff still has two years of eligibility remaining at BYU, but is expected to sign with the Nationals, where he is slotted to roughly make $266,000.
Cluff is the only selected in the first two days of the MLB Draft. Rounds 11-40 will take place on Wednesday.