MLB Draft Update: Jonathan Roof Selected In Eighth Round By Texas

Michigan State

Roof is the highest Spartan drafted since 2002.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.
Roof is the highest Spartan drafted since 2002. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

 

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State junior shortstop Jonathan Roof was selected in the eighth round (No. 256 overall) of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Roof is the highest Spartan drafted since Bob Malek was chosen in the fourth round in 2002.

 

A junior from Paducah, Ky., Roof ranked tied for fifth in the conference in the regular season with 53 runs scored and hit .317 with four homers and 43 RBIs. Roof also collected 72 hits, 16 stolen bases, 13 doubles and owned a .372 on-base percentage.

 

During the regular season, the slick fielding shortstop led the league in assists (173) and tied for fifth in fielding double plays (43); both of those marks represent school single-season records.

 

For his efforts in 2010, Roof became the first Spartan since 2006 to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors.

 

Roof was also selected in the MLB Draft out of high school in the 39th round by the Boston Red Sox.

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