Jaylon McLaughlin headlines three Nevada baseball players in transfer portal

Jaylon McLaughlin
Jaylon McLaughlin has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal. (Hugh Tomasello/Nevada athletics)

Three Nevada baseball players who have all been selected in the Major League Baseball draft during their careers have entered the transfer portal, a source told Nevada Sports Net.

Jaylon McLaughlin, Otis Statum Jr. and Julian Boyd all put their name in the portal last month and are expected to move to new programs for the 2021 season.

"We appreciate everything that Jaylon, Otis and Julian contributed to our program and wish them the best going forward," Nevada coach T.J. Bruce said in a statement to NSN.

McLaughlin was an All-Mountain West player in Nevada's last full season, hitting a team-best .339 with a .385 on-base percentage and .456 slugging mark as a junior in 2019. He scored 37 runs and led the Wolf Pack with 25 stolen bases. McLaughlin, who has played both shortstop and outfield with the Wolf Pack, got off to a slow start this season and was hitting .115. The Santa Monica, Calif., native has slashed .289/.348/.381 in 111 games at Nevada.

McLaughlin, who is 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, was drafted in the 37th round by the Chicago Cubs in last year's draft but returned for his senior season. He was a 38th-round pick by the New York Mets out of high school in 2016. McLaughlin graduated from Nevada with a degree in psychology this month, so he will be immediately eligible at his next school. McLaughlin won Nevada's Dr. Chris Exline Award for academic perseverance and achievement this year. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

The 6-2, 190-pound Statum has appeared in 44 games in three active seasons at Nevada, plus a redshirt year. He's a career .146 hitter with two homers and nine RBIs. Statum was hitting a career-high .192 this season before the season was canceled due to COVID-19. An outfielder from Oakland, Statum was drafted in the 39th round by the Cincinnati Reds coming out of high school in 2016. He graduated from Nevada this month with a degree in public health and has two years of eligibility remaining as a grad transfer.

Boyd is a 5-10, 165-pound outfielder who played as a true freshman for Nevada in 2019 when he appeared in 15 games and hit .308 with a .379 on-base percentage and .423 slugging mark. The native of Bellflower, Calif., was still with the program but wasn't expected to compete during the 2020 season. Boyd was picked in the 26th round of the 2018 draft by the Chicago Cubs. He will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules if he moves on to a Division I program and has three years of eligibility remaining.

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