Oregon junior pitcher Ryne Nelson was selected by Arizona in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday night.
The Diamondbacks took Nelson with the 56th overall selection, making him the third-highest selection out of Oregon since the program returned in 2009. Pitchers David Peterson and Tyler Anderson were each first-round picks for the Ducks.
Nelson will likely spend part of the summer pitching for the Hillsboro Hops, a short-season Class A affiliate of the Diamondbacks. Hillsboro opens the Northwest League season against the Eugene Emeralds at PK Park from June 14-16 and returns from July 17-19 and Aug. 20-22.
The 56th pick in the draft is slotted to earn a signing bonus of $1,276,400.
Nelson, a 6-foot-3, 184-pound right-hander, has been listed with one of the best fastballs in the country nearing 100 miles per hour. He was an all-Pac-12 selection who led the conference with 104 strikeouts in 65 innings during the regular season.
Nelson went 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 23 games this season, including four starts at the beginning of the season. In three seasons at Oregon, he was 6-6 with a 4.25 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 101 2/3 innings.