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Four Terps taken Wednesday in MLB Draft gives school-record 8 this year

Four University of Maryland players were selected on the final day of the MLB Draft Wednesday, giving the school a record eight players drafted this year and headlining a sizable crop of players with state ties to be selected.

Terps third baseman Jose Cuas was the first of his teammates to be selected Wednesday, going in the 11th round to the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Closer Kevin Mooney (North Harford) went in the fifteenth round to the Nationals, the Houston Astros selected catcher Kevin Martir, in the 18th round, and Maryland left-hander Zach Morris went in the 24th round to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Second baseman Brandon Lowe (third round, Tampa Bay Rays), left-hander Alex Robinson (fifth round, Minnesota Twins), center fielder LaMonte Wade (ninth round, Twins), and left-hander Jake Drossner (10th round, Milwaukee Brewers) were the four Terps selected Tuesday.

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Several college pitchers who grew up in Maryland went on the third day as well. The Orioles kicked that off with Radford right-hander Ryan Meisinger (Northern) in the 11th round, while Chiplola College left-hander Junior Harding (Cambridge S. Dorchester) went in the 20th round to the Kansas City Royals, and Winthrop right-hander Joey Strain (Huntingtown) was selected by the 22nd round by the Seattle Mariners.

Chopticon High right-hander LJay Newsome, Maryland's Gatorade Player of the Year, was the first prep player selected from the state. The Seattle Mariners used their 31st-round pick on Newsome.

One round later, the Orioles selected right-hander Cody Morris (Reservoir), who is committed to South Carolina but didn't pitch at the end of the season because of an elbow injury.

The New York Yankees selected Maryland recruit Andrew Miller, a left-hander from Sterling (N.J.) High, in the 34th round.

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