BASEBALL: Huskers Hold On to Ehlers

By at August 17, 2010 | 10:37 AM | Print

Mike Anderson certainly can’t shake his fist at Major League Baseball today.

Most of Anderson’s top pitching recruits – including Nebraska City phenom Logan Ehlers – spurned MLB offers Monday night to officially sign with Nebraska. Ehlers, an eighth-round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays, turned down $800,000 to play for the Huskers. He’ll next be eligible for the draft in 2013.

Anderson told the Lincoln Journal-Star it was “one of the remarkable nights I’ve had here as a coach.” Ehlers was joined by Jon Keller and Brandon Pierce Monday as recruits who chose to head to NU instead of going pro. Nebraska also got back Sean Yost, an inconsistent-but-live arm who will return for his junior year.

Jon Musser, a 21st round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, turned pro.

Last year, Anderson also landed his top pitching recruit when Tom Lemke said no to the majors. Lemke finished 5-6 with a 5.34 earned-run average after spending most of 2010 as a Sunday starter. His best outing was a complete-game shutout win over Texas A&M in May.

Ehlers finished with 186 strikeouts and a .027 ERA in his final season at Nebraska City.

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