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Wolf Pack baseball alum Dillan Shrum signs with Kansas City Royals

Dillan Shrum
Dillan Shrum has signed a pro contract with the Royals. (Nevada athletics)

Despite not being selected in this month's MLB draft, Dillan Shrum will get a chance to play pro ball.

The former Wolf Pack first baseman signed an undrafted free-agent deal with the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, per a tweet from the team. Shrum was one of the nation's most productive hitters last season.

The 6-foot, 200-pounder from El Cajon, Calif., was the Mountain West player of the year and a second-team All-American pick after capping his Wolf Pack career in historic fashion.

Shrum set single-season program records in batting average (.468), slugging percentage (.968) and OPS (1.495) while recording 58 hits, 15 home runs, 15 doubles 47 RBIs and 35 runs scored in 35 games (34 starts). He ranked second in the nation and first in the MW with his .468 batting average. He also led the conference in slugging percentage, home runs and on-base percentage (.527).

The Wolf Pack Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Shrum was a five-year starter for Nevada who appeared in 171 games (161 starts) while fighting off multiple serious injuries in his career. During his time at Nevada, Shrum hit .333 with a .436 on-base percentage and .618 slugging mark. He hit 38 homers and had 146 RBIs.

Shrum is one of two Nevada alums to sign pro contracts this offseason, joining pitcher Owen Sharts, a 13th-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates who officially signed a contract last week.

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