Alex Santiago, Dixie State Athletics
Dixie State Baseball senior RHP Jayden Murray

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Dixie State senior right-hander Jayden Murray was selected in the 23rd round (No. 698 overall) of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Rays. Murray is the seventh DSU baseball player drafted in the program's 13-year NCAA era and is the 46th Dixie State player overall to be selected in the MLB draft since 1976.

Murray (6-1, 190; Vernal, Utah/Uintah HS/Arizona Western JC) enjoyed a record-setting senior season, during which he broke or tied four DSU single-season records and two more career standards. The right-hander broke the program’s season record for strikeouts (92) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.93 SO/9), which included a pair of 10-strikeout games in wins against both Adams State (3/9/19) and MSU Denver (5/9/19). Murray also tied the DSU single-season record with 10 victories (10-3), which included a record-tying two combined shutouts (11-0 at CS San Bernardino, 2/1/19; 10-0 vs. MSU Denver, 5/9/19).

The senior, who earned second team all-RMAC and ABCA/Rawlings honors this past season, finished his two years in a Trailblazers uniform as DSU’s career leader in strikeouts per nine innings (8.39 SO), fourth in career strikeouts (138) and tied for fourth in career wins (13).

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This year marks the third-straight year, and fifth year in the last six years overall, that a Dixie State pitcher has been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Two of those pitchers, Bubba Blau (2014/24th round) and Dylan File (2017/21st round), were drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, while former DSU hurler Porter Clayton (2015/19th round) was also selected by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Dixie State wrapped up the 2019 season with a 35-19 overall record, which was a 10-win improvement from last season, and included a 23-13 mark and a third-place finish in its first season of RMAC play.