LCSC has seven players selected in MLB draft
Two more Lewis-Clark State College baseball players were selected in the final day of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday to bring the total to seven Warriors selected in the 50-round event, which ties for the second largest total of LC players chosen in a single year.
Three years ago in 2007, LCSC had eight players selected in the draft and seven of them signed. That broke the previous mark of seven players selected in 1985 draft and six of those players signed.
All seven players, including Pat Murray and Stephen Foster who were selected on Wednesday, are expected to sign with their teams. Five of the seven chosen were seniors on the team, while juniors Kawika Emsley-Pai and Tyler Knigge were drafted in the 10th and 12th rounds, respectively, and said they expect to sign this week.
LCSC has now had 117 players selected in the draft since 1975 and 14 players have made it to the Major Leagues.
The final 20 rounds of the draft were held Wednesday and Murray, a senior first baseman/outfielder, was selected in the 34th round by Philadelphia, the same team that selected Knigge. Murray, who served as the Warriors’ designated hitter for most of the season, is a 6-foot-2, 235-pound product of Huntington Beach, Calif., and was the 1,041th player selected in the draft.
Foster, a 6-0, 180-pound left-hander from Auburn, Wash., was the final Warrior selected in the 39th round by Atlanta with the 1,184th pick overall.
They join five Warriors who were selected on Tuesday – catcher Emsley-Pai in the 10th round by Arizona, pitcher Knigge in the 12th round by the Phillies, infielder Josh Ashenbrenner in the 18th round by Detroit, shortstop Todd Muecklisch in the 26th round by Florida, and third baseman Brian Burke by Minnesota in the 29th round.
Murray started his collegiate career at Santa Ana College as a freshman and hit .300 before he transferred to Oral Robert University and hit .330 in 35 games as a sophomore. He then transferred to LCSC and started the first five games last season before he tore his ACL and missed the rest of the year. He hit two home runs in his 17 plate appearances.
This season, Murray ranked third among the regulars with a .366 batting average and his 46 starts were second on the team. He tied for second on the team in home runs with 10 and was third in doubles with 17. He also tied for second in RBI with 51 and finished the second with a .652 slugging percentage and a .439 on-base percentage. He was outstanding against left-handed pitching (20-of-43 for .465), and hit .380 with runners on base, including 3-for-4 with the bases loaded.
Murray played 19 games at first base and made only two errors in 178 chances for a .989 fielding percentage.
Foster played two seasons at Bellevue Community College before he transferred to LCSC. As a junior, he made nine appearances, including seven in relief, and finished with one save. He struck out 20 and walked 12.
This season, he led the team with a 0.86 earned run average while posting a 3-1 record and three saves. He appeared in 18 games, all but one in relief, and pitched 42 innings. He allowed 33 hits and struck out 33 with 13 walks. Opponents hit just .213 against him.
During the 2010 Avista NAIA World Series last week, Foster pitched 2.1 innings against Point Loma and allowed just three hits in helping preserve a 10-5 Warrior victory.
LCSC PLAYERS SELECTED IN THE 2010 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT
301st pick – Arizona: Kawika Emsley-Pai, jr., catcher, Mill Creek, Wash.
381st pick – Philadelphia: Tyler Knigge, jr., pitcher, Lewiston, Idaho.
533rd pick – Detroit, Josh Ashenbrenner, sr., infielder, Kirkland, Wash.
797 pick – Florida: Todd Muecklsich, sr., shortstop, Auburn, Wash.
885th pick – Minnesota: Brian Burke, sr., third base, Lancaster, Calif.
1041st pick – Philadelphia: Pat Murray, sr., first base, Huntington Beach, Calif.
1184th pick – Atlanta: Stephen Foster, sr., pitcher, Auburn, Wash.