MLB Draft Recap: 2018
Jordan Qsar and Chase Lambert are headed to professional baseball.
MALIBU, Calif. – Two members of the West Coast Conference regular season champion Pepperdine baseball team were drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. Jordan Qsar went in the 25th round to the Tampa Bay Rays and Chase Lambert went in the 31st round to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It is the seventh consecutive year that Pepperdine has had multiple players drafted.
Qsar (El Cajon, Calif./Valhalla HS) had a phenomenal year, earning WCC Player of the Year honors, as well as being named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-American first team as a redshirt junior. He posted a .271 overall batting average, and a .330 average in conference play. He also had 11 home runs on the year, good for second in the conference. Qsar led the conference in RBI with 59. A dual-threat athlete, Qsar also had outstanding numbers from the pitching rubber. He had a 3.44 ERA with seven saves (5th in conference) as the Waves’ closer.
Lambert (Malibu, Calif./Malibu HS) also had a breakout year. The redshirt-junior hit leadoff for the Waves, posting a .249 overall batting average and hitting five home runs. He was also the Waves’ steady shortstop, finishing the year with 143 assists and 71 putouts.
This is the first time either have been drafted, and will now enter contract negotiations with their respective teams. Each have a year of collegiate eligibility left, and will weigh their options before ultimately deciding on their futures.