Pair of KSU pitchers selected in top 50 Picks of MLB draft


Pair of KSU pitchers selected in top 50 Picks of MLB draft Two first−round MLB draft picks…

Georgia (Jul 1, 2009)Pair of KSU pitchers selected in top 50 Picks of MLB draft
Two first−round MLB draft picks make Owls' history

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 10‚ 2009) — Kennesaw State right−handed pitchers Chad Jenkins and Kyle Heckathorn were each taken within the first 50 picks of the 2009 Major League Baseball First−Year Player Draft Tuesday night. This marks the first time in the history of the KSU baseball program that the Owls have had two players go before the second round of the draft.

Jenkins‚ a Third−Team All−American and a Second Team CoSIDA Academic All−District honoree‚ was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 20th overall pick in the first round. The Calhoun‚ Ga.‚ native led the A−Sun in ERA with 2.54 and in wins with eight. During the 2009 campaign‚ Jenkins had a scoreless streak that lasted 41 innings‚ in addition to a streak of 24.2 innings without issuing a walk.

Heckathorn‚ a preseason All−American selection by Baseball America‚ went with the 47th overall selection to the Milwaukee Brewers. The junior from Ringgold‚ Ga.‚ had 98 strikeouts in 86.1 innings. Heckathorn posted a 4−1 record in the 2009 season with an ERA of 3.44

Zach Wheeler‚ who committed to play for KSU head coach Mike Sansing‚ was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the sixth overall selection.

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