HCC Sports Information
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Current Hutchinson Community College baseball player Shane Cooper and former Blue Dragon Tanner Raiburn became the 32nd and 33rd Hutchinson players to be selected in the Major League Baseball Player Draft.

Raiburn, a left-handed pitcher who played with the Blue Dragons in 2014 and 2015, was the first Blue Dragon to go during Day 3 of the three-day draft. Raiburn was a 33rd-round pick of the Boston Red Sox with the 1,001st overall selection.

Cooper, a freshman All-American and two-time all-conference selection, was taken in the 37th round with the 1,115th overall pick by the Detroit Tigers.

Raiburn and Cooper are the fifth and sixth players drafted in the Ryan Schmidt era.

Cooper will go down as one of the best shortstops in Blue Dragon Baseball history.

During his freshman All-America season, Cooper set a Hutchinson single-season record for hits with 96 in the 2016 season.

This past season, the sophomore from O'Fallon, Missouri, hit .342 and had a .433 on-base percentage. He had 80 total hits with 12 doubles, four triples and eight home runs. Cooper scored 78 runs and drove in 54 from the lead-off spot. He drew a team-high 37 walks.

Defensively, Cooper made a huge improvement, committing only nine errors this season in 150 chances for a .961 fielding percentage.

Cooper wound up with a .371 career batting average with 176 career hits, 147 career runs scored, 35 career doubles, six career triples, 19 career home runs and 280 career total bases. Cooper is listed in the top five in nine Blue Dragon career categories, including a school-record 324 assists in his two seasons with the Blue Dragons.

Cooper is the fifth Blue Dragon to be drafted by the Tigers, joining Logan Hoch (2010), Andy Dirks (2008), Thad Weber (2008) and Noah Krol (2007).

A product of Wichita Bishop Carroll High School, the left-handed Raiburn was primarily a starter for the Blue Dragons in 2014 and 2015.

As a sophomore at Hutchinson, Raiburn started 11 games and made 13 appearances and posted a 4-2 record with a 5.79 ERA. He had 45 strikeouts and 37 1-3 innings, allowing 43 hits, 26 runs and 20 walks.

As a freshman, Raiburn made 17 appearances and six starts with a record of 4-2 and a 5.96 ERA. Raiburn struck out 39 in 45 1-3 innings with the Blue Dragons.

This past season at Grambling State, Raiburn was 4-2 with a strong 3.76 ERA in eight starts. He worked 76 2-3 innings and allowed 74 hits and 91 runs while striking out a career-best 84. Raiburn struck out 16 in a single game on March 3 against Arkansas Pine-Blue.

Raiburn is the first Blue Dragon to be selected by the Red Sox.