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Junker, Combs Selected in 2019 MLB Draft

Junker becomes the 118th Major League Baseball Draft pick in program history.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame junior Cameron Junker was selected in the 10th round in the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday. Junker becomes the 118th Major League Baseball Draft pick in program history. 

Junker was selected by Pittsburgh in the 10th round with the 304th overall pick. Junker became the third draft pick out of Notre Dame by the Pirates all-time and the first since 1986 when Pittsburgh selected Tommy Shields in the 15th round.

Senior right-hander Shane Combs was selected in the 31st round on Wednesday by the Chicago Cubs with the 941st pick. Combs becomes the seventh draft pick out of Notre Dame to be selected by the Cubs and the first since Jeff Samardzija was selected in the fifth round in the 2006 draft.

The junior right-hander hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and had a breakout season in his junior year with the Irish. He set career highs in a number of categories including IP (77.1), starts (15), wins (3), strikeouts (73) and opposing batting average (.234). 

Junker led the Irish starters in ERA and quality starts (8) and he started in all three shutout wins on the season. He set a career high twice this season with 7.1 IP on the road against No. 12 Clemson and at home against Virginia. Junker set a career high in strikeouts with 10 in the home win over Canisius and he was the third Irish pitcher to eclipse the double-digit strikeout plateau this season (Cameron Brown, Cole Kmet).

Combs had the best season of his career in his senior campaign for the Irish. He totaled a career-high 15 appearances out of the bullpen which was fifth-best among Irish relievers. Combs tallied his first career win in the series-opening win on the road against Wake Forest. He tossed a career-high two innings three times this season against Central Michigan (4/2), Western Michigan (4/10) and No. 7 Louisville (5/3). Of his 15 appearances, he did not allow a run in nine of them.

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