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Nebraska Spencer Schwellenbach celebrates the end of the game after pitching
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Nebraska’s Spencer Schwellenbach Drafted in Second Round by Atlanta Braves

July 12, 2021

Spencer Schwellenbach is an MLB draft pick.

The Big Ten Player of the Year was taken 59th overall by the Atlanta Braves during the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft on Monday.

Schwellenbach becomes the fourth Huskers taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft since 2015. He joins Scott Schreiber (9th – Tampa Bay in 2018), Ryan Boldt (2nd – Tampa Bay in 2016) and Tanner Lubach (9th – Anaheim in 2015). He is also Nebraska’s highest draft pick since Boldt, who was picked 53rd overall.

Schwellenbach, who was chosen as a pitcher, was named the 2021 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year. He hit .284 with six homers and 40 RBIs at shortstop and went 3-1 with 10 saves and a 0.57 ERA in 31.2 innings of work. Schwellenbach also ranked in the top 10 in the Big Ten in runs, RBIs and walks. He committed just four errors in 186 chances while on the field.

Making his debut on the pitching mound in 2021, Schwellenbach led the Big Ten with 10 saves and did not allow a run in 17 of his 18 appearances. He also held opposing hitters to a .198 average.

By the end of the 2021 season, Schwellenbach was named an All-American by five different publications. That included a first-team pick by D1Baseball and ABCA/Rawlings.

One round later, the Minnesota Twins selected pitcher Cade Povich with the 98th overall pick. Povich started 15 games for Nebraska in 2021, leading the Huskers in wins with a 6-1 record. He also led the team with 88 strikeouts while posting a 3.11 ERA.

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