Arkansas redshirt junior pitcher Isaiah Campbell is the first Hog off the board in the 2019 MLB Draft after being drafted in the Competitive Balance Round B round with the 76th pick by the Seattle Mariners. The slot money for the 76th overall pick is $818,200.
Campbell is having a career season for the Razorbacks with an 11-1 record this season. Campbell picked up a big win over TCU on Saturday in the Fayetteville Regional.
For the season in 16 starts Campbell has a 2.27 ERA in 103 innings pitched. He has 108 strikeouts to only 19 walks. Opponents are batting just .207 against him with only 77 hits.
Campbell has had a turn around season after an injury sidelined him in 2017. In 18 appearances in 2018 he finished with a 5-7 record and a 4.26 ERA in 69 2/3 innings pitched. He also finished with 75 strikeouts to 29 walks in his redshirt sophomore season.
Campbell came into the draft as a the 45th ranked prospect by MLB.com. Other Hogs on the top 200 list are Matt Cronin (73rd), Dominic Fletcher (91st) and Jacob Kostyshock (184th). The draft will continue through Wednesday as the Hogs prepare to face Ole Miss this weekend in the Fayetteville Super Regional.
After he finishes his playing career at Arkansas, Campbell could make a return to the Natural State when he makes it to Double-A as the Arkansas Travelers are the Double-A affiliate of the Mariners.
Campbell joins current teammate Dominic Fletcher as the only two Hogs drafted on day one of the MLB Draft getting selected one pick behind Fletcher.
Campbell and the Hogs will return to the field this weekend in the Fayetteville Super Regional against Ole Miss.