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Encarnacion-Strand selected in MLB draft

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OSU third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand strikes out during the Oklahoma State vs. New Orleans baseball game on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at O’Brate Stadium in Stillwater.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand will head from Stillwater to Minnesota.

Oklahoma State's third baseman was selected in the fourth round by the Minnesota Twins with the 128th overall pick. He is the 47th Cowboy selected under coach Josh Holliday.

In just one season in Stillwater, Encarnacion-Strand earned All-American honors and led the team in all Triple Crown categories. He posted a .361 batting average to go along with 15 home runs and 66 RBIs.

He also led the Cowboys with 82 hits, 17 doubles, 150 total bases and a .661 slugging percentage.

He ranked sixth in the country in RBIs and was 10th in total bases in the NCAA.

OSU signee Alex Ulloa was selected 11 picks before Encarnacion. The Houston Astros selected Ulloa, a shortstop out of Cutler Bay, Florida.

Ulloa is ranked as the 65th best recruit in the 2021 class. He ranks as the 17th best shortstop in the class and the ninth best overall recruit in the state of Florida.

Ulloa runs a 6.76 60-yard dash and has an exit velocity of 103 miles per hour.

Ulloa has not announced if he’ll surpass college and sign with the Astros or if he’ll stick to his commitment to the Cowboys.

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