Two baseball players from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have been selected for the Major League Baseball Draft.
Junior pitchers McKinley Moore and Chandler Fidel heard their names called on day three of the draft. Moore was selected in the 14th round (pick 410) by the Chicago White Sox, while Fidel was selected in the 23rd round (pick 700) by the Cleveland Indians.
Little Rock’s two draft picks make them the 24th and 25th in program history as the Trojans have now had a player drafted to the MLB in each of the past seven seasons as well as 13 of the last 14 seasons.
Moore is a Keller, Texas native hailing from Keller Central High School. The right-handed pitcher threw 48.2 innings in his Little Rock career, racking up 47 strikeouts. In his first season as a Trojan in 2017, Moore held opposing hitters to a .143 batting average. The junior earned the nod in the Trojans’ 17-7 win over Arkansas on April 2, which was one of his seven starts in his collegiate career.
Fidel is a Garland, Texas native who lettered at Naaman Forest High School. The junior was the Trojans’ Friday-night starter in 2019, earning First-Team All-Sun Belt honors for his outstanding season. Fidel led the Sun Belt in innings pitched (101) during the 2019 season and also finished third in the conference in both ERA (3.65) and strikeouts (101).
Fidel received Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on May 14 for his masterful start against Texas State, throwing 124 pitches in nine innings, allowing just three runs and six hits on the night. He fanned 12 hitters, which tied a career high.
The Trojan ace etched his name in the Little Rock record book in multiple categories. He is the third pitcher in school history to record 100 strikeouts in a season. He ranks fourth in career strikeouts (253) and career starts (43), fifth in career innings-pitched (260.2), fifth in career wins (14), and 10th in career ERA (4.07).