Lake Stevens senior pitcher and Oregon commit Branden Kelliher was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the eighth round (pick 252) on Friday afternoon.
Kelliher, who went 5-1 this past season to lead Lake Stevens to a league title, was projected to go between the second and fifth rounds. Going into the draft, a few teams, including Oakland and the Seattle Mariners, had shown increased interest in the 5-foot-11 pitcher.
Kelliher was considered the No. 1 ranked high school baseball prospect in Washington by Perfect Game — which also has him ranked as the 39th right-handed pitcher in the nation.
Kelliher has until July 15 to decide whether or not he wants to sign a contract with Oakland or go to Oregon.