Five Big Ten students were selected in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) College Draft that was held Monday night in Nashville. It was the largest contingent of Big Ten students chosen in the 12-year history of the NPF Draft, eclipsing the conference’s four selections in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Minnesota pitcher Sara Groenewegen was chosen No. 2 overall by the Akron Racers, marking the second consecutive year and third time in Big Ten history the conference had a student selected that high. Former Michigan infielder Sierra Romero was the No. 2 choice in 2016 by the USSSA Pride (based in Viera, Florida, along the Space Coast southwest of Cape Canaveral), while former Northwestern pitcher Eileen Canney was also picked second in 2007 by the New England Riptide.
Groenewegen will be joined on the Akron roster by Michigan hurler Megan Betsa, who was selected seventh overall, and Wisconsin utility player Chloe Miller, the No. 11 choice.
Michigan outfielder Kelly Christner went at No. 20 overall to the USSSA Pride, while Nebraska infielder MJ Knighten was the No. 25 selection by the Scrap Yard Dawgs (based in Conroe, Texas, a northern suburb of Houston).
The five-round event saw 26 college seniors picked by the league’s five franchises, who holds a student’s rights until she completes her college eligibility and may then sign a professional contract with that team.
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