University of Kentucky pitcher Justin Lewis was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
Lewis, a 6-foot-7 sophomore right-hander, has the option of signing with the Rays or remaining at Kentucky. Tampa Bay chose Lewis with the fourth pick in Wednesday’s 11th round.
The three-day, 40-round draft wrapped up with rounds 11-40 on Wednesday.
Lewis finished the 2017 season with a 6-4 record and a 3.56 ERA. He started 16 of the 17 games in which he appeared, striking out 72 in 91 innings pitched.
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In 2016, Collegiate Baseball named Lewis a Freshman All-American after he went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and four saves in 21 games as a relief pitcher.
Lewis, who counts former UK basketball standout Chuck Hayes and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman among his cousins, is a native of Suwanee, Ga. He was redshirted in his first season at Kentucky in 2015. Even though Lewis has not yet completed his junior season of baseball he was eligible to be drafted because he is 21 years old.
Other selections with Kentucky ties in the early going on Wednesday included:
▪ Jack Schneider, Daviess County High School outfielder (New York Mets, 11th round).
▪ Jackson Stoeckinger, College of Central Florida pitcher and UK commitment from Mercer County (Washington Nationals, 12th round).
▪ Colby Fitch, University of Louisville catcher (Philadelphia Phillies, 13th round).
▪ Logan Taylor, University of Louisville outfielder from Lexington Catholic High School (Chicago White Sox, 16th round).
▪ Ben Fisher, Eastern Kentucky University first baseman (Miami Marlins, 21st round).
▪ Connor Heady, University of Kentucky shortstop (Los Angeles Dodgers, 23rd round).
▪ Riley Thompson, University of Louisville pitcher (New York Yankees, 25th round).
▪ Will Moriarty, South Oldham High School pitcher (New York Yankees, 32nd round).
▪ Trey Ganns, Northern Kentucky University first baseman (Boston Red Sox, 35th round).