Michael Scholl | June 14, 2017
Three more University of Notre Dame baseball players were taken in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft, running the total number of selections this year to six, matching the most in program history.
Right-hander Brandon Bielak was selected in the 11th round by the Houston Astros. Fellow RHP Evy Ruibal was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 16th round and catcher Ryan Lidge was a 20th round selection of the New York Yankees.
They join a trio of players taken the first two days of the draft in RHP Peter Solomon (fourth round by Astros), southpaw Sean Guenther (seventh round by Marlins) and righty Brad Bass (seventh round by Tigers).
With six selections in the 2017 draft, that matches the most selections in a single draft in Notre Dame baseball history. The 2008 draft saw Brett Lilley, Sam Elam, Brett Graffy, Wade Korpi, David Phelps and Kyle Weiland all get selected. In 2001, Steve Stanley, Paul O’Toole, Brian Stavisky, Alec Porzel, Aaron Heilman and Danny Tamayo were all drafted.
Bielak boasts career ERA of 3.85 over his three-year career and an 11-11 record in 47 appearances with 32 starts. He made 14 starts as a freshman in 2015, going 6-3 with an ERA of 3.55 and earning ACC All-Freshman honors. He predominantly came out of the bullpen in 206, holding opponents to a .214 batting average while recording an ERA of 2.10. This season, he made 14 starts while striking out 75 batters in 73.0 innings.
Ruibal has made 40 appearances during his time at Notre Dame, 38 of those out of the bullpen. He’s recorded 40 strikeouts in 59.1 innings pitched with a career ERA of 4.70.