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Former Belton star Dillon Newman taken in 16th round of MLB draft by Astros

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Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 12:01 pm, Wed Sep 3, 2014.

Baylor junior right-handed pitcher Dillon Newman was chosen in the 16th round as the 467th overall pick by the Houston Astros on Saturday, the final day of the MLB Draft.

The former Belton standout was a 49th round pick in 2010 by the New York Mets prior to joining the Bears.

In three seasons with 46 appearances and 14 starts, Newman compiled an 8-9 record with a 2.83 ERA in 149.2 innings with only 22 walks while striking out 113 and holding opponents to a .241 average. In his first season as a starter in 2013, the honorable mention All-Big 12 choice went 3-4 with a 2.91 ERA with five walks and 52 strikeouts in 77.1 innings while holding foes to a .225 average. His career 2.83 ERA ranks eighth all-time at Baylor, 1.038 WHIP ranks second and 5.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks first.

Newman, one of five Baylor players drafted Saturday, is the fourth in Baylor history to go in the 16th round and seventh to go to the Astros organization. Senior third baseman Cal Towey, senior right-handed pitcher Max Garner, senior shortstop Jake Miller and senior left-handed pitcher Crayton Bare were also drafted.

Baylor has now had multiple draft picks in 15 of the last 16 MLB drafts and at least one Bear has been chosen in every draft since 1991. The program has also had at least one player chosen in 37 of the last 38 drafts, dating back to 1976. The Bears have had 133 total draft selections in program history.

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