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One Of The Top Pitchers In College Baseball Hasn't Been Drafted Yet--Here's Why

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We're through two days of the 2018 MLB Draft. One of the top pitching prospects in the class has yet to be drafted.

Oregon State's Luke Heimlich went 11-1 with a 0.76 ERA as a junior in 2017, yet he wasn't drafted. He followed that up with a 14-1 record and 2.49 ERA this season, but he wasn't selected in the first 10 rounds this year.

The reason? Heimlich is a convicted child molester. He admitted to molesting his six-year-old niece when he was 15 years old.

While Heimlich has since said he did not commit the heinous act and only accepted the plea deal to avoid jail time, he is still radioactive to MLB teams. There's a chance he goes unpicked, as any franchise that chooses him will be inviting a firestorm of criticism by doing so.

After the original report of Heimlich's conviction was unearthed last year, Oregon State removed him from the team before the College World Series. However, he's still with the team right now as it aims to reach the CWS for the seventh time in program history.

Heimlich was the winning pitcher in Saturday's 14-1 win over LSU in the NCAA Regional. He pitched seven innings, surrendering one run on six hits while striking out three.

He'll pitch in one of the team's upcoming Super Regional games against Minnesota this weekend. If the Beavers win their best-of-3 series with the Gophers, they'll reach Omaha.

Beyond that, it is anyone's guess when and where Heimlich will pitch again.