STILLWATER — Oklahoma State pitcher and Verdigris alum Peyton Battenfield was taken in the ninth round (286th overall) by the Houston Astros in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.
An honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference selection each of the last two seasons, Battenfield has been dominant out of the bullpen in 27 outings this season.
The righty is 4-3 with five saves and a 2.91 ERA, and he leads the Cowboys with 71 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings of work.
Opponents are hitting just .186 against Battenfield on the year.
In three seasons in an OSU uniform, Battenfield has made 58 appearances, all but one of those in relief, and is 6-6 with seven saves and a 4.03 ERA, and he has 137 career strikeouts in 120 2/3 innings.
During the Cowboys’ run to the Big 12 Tournament and regional championships the last two weeks, Battenfield pitched 11.1 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out 19.
Battenfield and the Cowboys will continue their quest for a College World Series berth at 2 p.m. Friday in Lubbock, Texas. They will now take on Big 12 Conference regular season champion Texas Tech in the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional.
Battenfield recorded a 27-2 record on the mound in four seasons at Verdigris, helping the team to three Class 3A state championships.
He went 11-0 as a senior for the Cardinals, notching a 0.22 ERA and 118 strikeouts in only 63 innings while allowing only two earned runs.
Battenfield threw four no-hitters as a senior, including one in the first round of the state tournament. He also had four one-hit outings.
While getting it done for Verdigris with his arm, Battenfield showed brilliance at the plate as well.
He was the Cardinals’ leading hitter as a senior with a .472 batting average, garnering him several honors.
Battenfield was named The Oklahoman’s 2016 All-State Baseball Player of the Year and the Tulsa World 2016 All-Metro Player of the Year while also earning national recognition via the 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American list and All-West Region Second Team.