EDITOR'S NOTE: Grant Little's birthday was corrected from a previous version.
Over the past several weeks, Grant Little has put together professional at bats.
The Texas Tech sophomore will have an opportunity to one day do it for real as he was drafted Monday in the Competitive Balance Round B with the 74th pick by the San Diego Padres during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Teammates Steven Gingery (123rd pick, fourth round, St. Louis Cardinals), Ryan Shetter (262nd, ninth round, Atlanta Braves) and Jose Quezada (291st, 10th round, San Diego Padres) were also selected Tuesday during the third through 10th rounds of the draft.
The 11th-40th rounds begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Little, who hails from Midland, is the highest Red Raider selected in the MLB Draft since Barret Barnes was chosen in the first round by the Pirates back in 2012. He's also the highest pick under Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock, who saw his total number number of drafted Red Raider players increase to 31 following Monday's announcement.
The slot value for the 74th pick is $812,200, per MLB.com. Per MLB draft rules, a baseball player at four-year school must finish his junior year or turn 21 years of age within 45 days of the draft. Little will celebrate his 21st birthday in July.
For the season, Little is hitting at a .380 clip with 70 RBIs and 12 home runs this season.
Gingery, the ninth Texas Tech left-handed pitcher picked since 2013, tore his UCL after pitching 2 1/3 innings against Maine in the second contest of the season back on Feb. 17. A year before, the southpaw struck out 107, allowed 60 hits and amassed a record of 10-1 while maintaining a 1.58 ERA en route to becoming the program's first unanimous First Team All-American. Former Red Raider lefty Jacob Patterson was also selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round last summer.
Shetter, a right-handed hurler, has been penciled in as a starter and reliever during his tenure. The Friendswood native, who touts a 5-0 record, has held a 2.97 ERA in 19 appearances and eight starts.
Quezada, a righty who transferred from Howard College to Texas Tech, has been a solid arm out of the bullpen. The senior has collected 10 wins and six saves during his two-year tenure with the Red Raiders. He touts a 4-2 mark and maintained a 1.99 ERA in 31 2/3 innings of work.
Texas Tech, which defeated Louisville on Sunday, is scheduled to host a best-of-three super regional against Duke this weekend at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The entire super regional officially sold out late Tuesday.
The Red Raiders (42-17) and Blue Devils (44-16), who are meeting on the diamond for the first time, are set to begin the series at 2 p.m. Saturday which will be televised on ESPNU. Game 2 is set for 5 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU with the decisive Game 3, if needed, slated for 3 p.m. Monday on ESPN2.