Lincoln –Brett Jensen, Tony Watson and Ryan Wehrle added to Nebraska’s impressive first-day draft total, as all three NU players were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Jensen was selected in the 14th round (No. 412 overall) by the Detroit Tigers to close out a distinguished three-year Husker career. Jensen went 5-0 with 13 saves and a 2.56 ERA in a team-high 27 appearances this season to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors. He was second in the Big 12 in saves and ranked among the national leaders in that category.  A preseason All-American, Jensen finished his career with a school-record 31 saves and finished second all-time at Nebraska with 80 appearances. As a junior, Jensen set a school record with 16 saves, recording a 1.96 ERA.

Jensen, Brett

Year       ERA   W-L   App  GS  CG SHO/CBO  SV     IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO  2B  3B  HR    BF  B/Avg  WP HBP SFA SHA
2004....  5.29   1-4    20   0   0   0/3     2   32.1   37   19   19    5   22   1   0   3   142   .287   0   4   1   3
2005....  1.96   3-5    33   0   0   0/1    16   46.0   36   17   10    9   46   2   0   3   187   .207   1   0   2   2
2006....  2.56   5-0    27   0   0   0/0    13   45.2   27   14   13   10   41   4   0   5   171   .178   0   3   2   4
TOTAL...  3.05   9-9    80   0   0   0/4    31  124.0  100   50   42   24  109   7   0  11   500   .220   1   7   5   9

Watson was tabbed by the Baltimore Orioles in the 17th round (No. 505 overall) after earning third-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball this spring, going 10-2 with a 2.87 ERA. The left-hander from Grimes, Iowa, ranked third in the Big 12 in ERA and wins, fourth in opponent batting average (.236) and seventh in innings pitched (94). A first-team All-Big 12 honoree, he allowed one earned run or less in seven of his 15 starts and allowed more the four runs only once all season. A 23rd-round pick coming out of Grimes High School in 2003, Watson is 16-3 with a 2.79 ERA in two seasons at Nebraska after going 6-1 to earn freshman All-America honors in 2005.

Watson, Tony

Year       ERA   W-L   App  GS  CG SHO/CBO  SV     IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO  2B  3B  HR    BF  B/Avg  WP HBP SFA SHA
2005....  2.82   6-1    23   5   0   0/0     1   44.2   41   20   14   26   39   5   0   5   199   .246   2   1   1   3
2006....  2.78  10-2    17  15   1   0/1     0  100.1   88   36   31   24   69  12   1   8   417   .236   2  11   3   6
TOTAL...  2.79  16-3    40  20   1   0/1     1  145.0  129   56   45   50  108  17   1  13   616   .239   4  12   4   9

Wehrle rounded out Nebraska’s first-day picks, as he was selected in the 18th round by the Cincinnati Reds (No. 534 overall). A third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Wehrle hit .367 with eight homers and 48 RBIs, leading the Huskers in batting average, hits (83), runs (50), doubles (22) and on-base percentage (.447). A first-team All-Big 12 pick, Wehrle ranked among the Big 12 leaders in doubles (second), batting average (sixth), on-base percentage (sixth), hits (eighth), total bases (ninth, 131) and slugging percentage (10th, .580).

Wehrle, Ryan

Year       Avg  GP-GS    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT   PO   A   E  FLD%
2005....  .275  57-43   149   26   41   6   1   0   25   49  .329  21   4  17   2  .377   1   9   4-5     79 112   8  .960
2006....  .367  57-57   226   50   83  22   1   8   48  131  .580  28   6  35   3  .447   2   7  14-14    82 161  13  .949
TOTAL...  .331 114-100  375   76  124  28   2   8   73  180  .480  49  10  52   5  .419   3  16  18-19   161 273  21  .954

The trio joins Joba Chamberlain (first), Jeff Christy (sixth) and Luke Gorsett (seventh) in giving Nebraska six players selected on the first day of the MLB Draft. The draft continues Wednesday morning beginning with round 19.