The University of New Mexico baseball program was represented in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft through a few different players.

Pitcher Justin Slaten, who just finished his junior year as a Lobo, was selected by the Texas Rangers during the third round as the 86th overall pick. This is the highest draft selection for UNM since 2017 when Luis Gonzalez also went in the third round (87). The MLB team fits him well as he is a Texas native.

2019 season:

  • Thirteen games (all of them as a starter)
  • 82.1 innings pitched
  • 98 strikeouts
  • 2.51 ERA (ninth-lowest in program history)
  • .215 opponent batting average against
  • All-Mountain West Second Team

Approximate pick value: $699,700


Darrien Miller announced he was committing to UNM on Nov. 9, 2018. He was drafted in the 9th round (283) by the Milwaukee Brewers as their first high school player of this draft. The 18-year-old catcher, who hits left-handed, comes from Clovis High School in California and was part of the roster that won the 2019 Central Section Division I title.

2019 season:

  • Hit .398
  • 35 hits
  • 36 runs
  • 19 RBI

Approximate pick value: $149,500


Catcher Andrew Pratt graduated from La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. His last team was Lubbock Christian College but he played as a Lobo for two years before transferring in 2017. Pratt was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 1oth round.

2019 season:

  • 52 games
  • hit .358
  • 16 doubles
  • 13 homers
  • 54 RBIs
  • First-Team All-Heartland Conference after leading the league with a .483 on-base percentage

Approximate pick value: $144,100


Pitcher Malachi Emond, a closer, got selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 18th round (528) on the third day of the MLB Draft. New Mexico was the third school in the 6’3″ player’s college career. He climbed the ladder to Division I and became a Lobo in 2018.

2019 season:

  • 26 games (38.2 innings pitched)
  • 48 strikeouts
  • 3.49 ERA
  • 10 saves (best on the team)


Jared Mang spent four years wearing the Lobo uniform. He was selected in the 18th round (532) by the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. The 5’9″ outfielder from Los Alamos played a total of 197 games in New Mexico, 186 of those as a starter. His brother, Connor Mang, also decided to play baseball at UNM.

2019 season:

  • 52 games played
  • hit .365 (76 hits)
  • 57 runs
  • Five home runs
  • 51 RBI
  • Mountain West First Team

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