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Star College Baseball Pitcher Goes Unselected In 39-Round MLB Draft: Here's Why

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The 2018 MLB Draft is over. The 39-round draft featured quite a few highlights, including Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray going inside the top 10 and Michigan QB Shea Patterson getting taken late.

One player who was not taken: Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who was at one point projected to be a high-round selection.

Heimlich, 22, was reportedly arrested as a 16-year-old for allegedly molesting his 6-year-old niece.

USA TODAY has details on Heimlich's situation:

Heimlich, 22, was slated to be a high-round pick in the 2017 draft but his arrest as a 16-year-old was revealed by the Oregonian just days before the draft.

He went undrafted and returned to Oregon State for his senior year. However, the Texas Rangers indicated recently they have removed Heimlich from their draft board, while other organizations have refused to address whether they are considering the left-hander. Heimlich signed a seven-page guilty plea in a deal that enabled him to avoid jail time. In a recent Sports Illustrated interview, he denies molesting his niece, a claim vigorously refuted by family members.

Heimlich, a left-handed pitcher, went 15-1 with a 2.42 ERA this year for Oregon State. The Beavers are set to host Minnesota in the Super Regionals of the college baseball tournament next week.