K.C. Wiser, a 2011 Linfield College graduate, was drafted Wednesday by the Texas Rangers organization in the 50th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
At 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds, Wiser has the physical size and strength that attract professional scouts. The rugged righthander is considered a long-range prospect after injuries during his four-year career at Linfield limited his total number of innings pitched.
As a senior in 2011, Wiser pitched only 6 2/3 innnings, his first season back in a Wildcats uniform since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2009. He walked 10 batters and struck out six.
Still, there is a lot to like about Wiser. He is an outstanding all-around athlete who made a name for himself as one of the top basketball players the past two seasons in the Northwest Conference.
He led the NWC in scoring and rebounding while earning all-conference and all-region honors. He was also named an honorable mention basketball All-American by DIII News.com.
Wiser joins 2010 graduate Kelson Brown among former Linfield players who are active in professional baseball. Brown is currently playing his second season of pro baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He is assigned to the Bradenton Marauders at the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.
Size and strength attract pro interest
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