Former Lion, Hunter Jr. drafted


A former Arkansas-Pine Bluff pitcher and one of Torii Hunter’s sons were taken Saturday during the final day of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Left-hander Jordan Sechler, who played the 2012 season at UAPB, was selected in the 19th of 40 rounds by the Atlanta Braves. Sechler, the 583rd overall pick, completed his collegiate career at Division II Cal State-Los Angeles.

Torii Hunter Jr., who is already committed to playing football at Notre Dame this fall, was selected much later in the draft — in the 36th round. The Detroit Tigers, whom his father plays for — made the 18-year-old the 1,086th overall selection.

The elder Hunter is originally from Pine Bluff.

Sechler was the No. 1 starter for Cal State-Los Angeles, according to San Luis Obispo station KSBY-TV. He went 7-3 with a 2.83 earned run average and tossed eight shutout innings in a 9-0 win against Chico State that started the Golden Eagles’ run to their first-ever California Collegiate Athletic Association championship, the station reported.

Hunter Jr. was drafted as a center fielder out of Prosper (Texas) High School, where he and brothers Monshadrik and Darius graduated from a week ago. Junior’s stock apparently dropped after he broke his leg during practice for an All-American football game in January.

Hunter Jr.’s statistics weren’t available, but Bleacher Report said he has good arm strength and can play in center or right field. It’s also reported he plans to play baseball at Notre Dame as well.