Don Reynolds keeps looking to his alma mater for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Oregon junior pitcher Matt Mercer was taken in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday by the Diamondbacks, who have drafted a Duck in five of the past six seasons. Reynolds, who played at Oregon from 1972-75 and still ranks among the school's all-time leaders with 40 stolen bases and 111 runs scored, is the Arizona scout who recommended Mercer.

"I met Donny Reynolds during my junior year of high school so we have had a good relationship through the years," Mercer said. "Obviously, he likes the Oregon guys and it is a good organization to be part of. They put a priority on player development and have a lot of the same philosophies that I have."

The 6-foot-1 right-hander was taken with the No. 159 pick that carries an expected signing bonus of $314,800. Ranked as the No. 105 prospect entering the draft by, Mercer expects to sign with the Diamondbacks "assuming it works out with the contract" and skip his senior season.

"I slipped a little bit from where I thought I was going to go, but now I have a chance like everyone else to make it to the big leagues," he said. "I feel like I am ready to play pro ball and it is time to get my career going."

Like his former UO teammates Mark Karaviotis and Tim Susnara, Mercer will likely begin a pro career in the next few weeks with the Hillsboro Hops, Arizona's short-season Class A affiliate in the Northwest League. He could return to PK Park when the Hops visit the Emeralds on July 7-9 and Aug. 14-16.

"I assume that is where I will be going, so to be close to home and be able to pitch at PK and have my family watch the first part of my pro career will be great," he said.

Mercer was with family in Lacey, Wash., when he was drafted and headed out to play golf once his selection was finalized.

"I had some buddies over who I played with a long time and it was a stressful morning seeing a lot of guys I know being drafted," he said. "But it's better now."

Mercer was drafted higher than any of the previous Ducks taken by the Diamondbacks. Susnara, a catcher, went in the eighth round last year while Karaviotis, a shortstop, was taken in the 19th round in 2016.

Relief pitcher Jimmie Sherfy, who was taken by Arizona in the 10th round of the 2013 draft, has reached the majors with the Diamondbacks in each of the past two seasons and currently pitches for Triple-A Reno.

Mercer earned Pac-12 honorable mention following his junior season when he was 5-7 with a 4.16 ERA. He struck out 86 in 88 2/3 innings.

Mercer joined Oregon's starting rotation late in his freshman season and started 15 games in each of the past two years. He is 13-16 with a 3.77 ERA in three seasons with the Ducks.

Oregon also had one of its recruits drafted in the sixth round when Miami took catcher Cameron Barstad of Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., with the No. 177 selection. His slot value is $268,900 as he decides between turning pro or playing for the Ducks.

Oregon State center fielder Steven Kwan went four picks after Mercer in the fifth round to the Indians. With an estimated signing bonus of $303,400, he will likely skip his senior season with the Beavers.

Kwan was the fourth OSU junior drafted after second baseman Nick Madrigal and outfielder Trevor Larnach went in Monday's first round and shortstop Cadyn Grenier was a supplemental first-round pick.

The 5-9, 170-pound Kwan is batting .349 with 57 runs in 58 games as the leadoff hitter for the Beavers. Kwan has 38 RBIs after hitting his second homer of the season in Sunday's 12-0 win over LSU to advance into Super Regionals this weekend against Minnesota.

OSU pitcher Drew Rasmussen, who missed the season following a second Tommy John surgery, was picked by Milwaukee in the sixth round. Rasmussen was a first-round pick of Tampa Bay last season but did not sign due to injury concerns.

Rasmussen went 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA as a freshman in 2015 and appeared in six games as a sophomore before surgery. He returned late last season to go 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 27 innings.

Oregon State senior third baseman Michael Gretler, who is batting .314 with seven homers and 43 RBIs, was selected by Pittsburgh in the 10th round. He was picked in the 39th round by the Pirates last season before returning to OSU.

OSU also had a recruit picked when shortstop Jayce Easley of Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix went in the fifth round to the Texas Rangers.

The Chicago Cubs took a few college players who are likely to play for the Emeralds this summer including first-rounder Nico Hoerner, an all-Pac-12 pick from Stanford. Right-handed pitcher Paul Richan of San Diego went in the second round followed by center fielder Jimmy Herron of Duke in the third round.

Chicago also took Tennessee Tech pitcher Ethan Roberts in the fourth round and Virginia second baseman Andy Weber in the fifth round.