A couple of Charlotte 49ers baseball players heard their name called on day three of the MLB Draft. Juniors Justin Seager and Tyler Barnette were selected in the 12th and 14th rounds, respectively, in 2013′s amateur draft.
Both players are coming off of strong seasons. Seager, who wrapped up a career year in his junior campaign, led the Niners in batting average (.351), slugging percentage (.484) runs scored (46) and doubles (22, tied for 14th in the country), and was second only to Brad Elwood in hits with 79, one shy of Elwood’s 80. The Atlantic 10′s co-player of the year started every game he played in and saw time all over the field–in left, at first and even at third. Ironically, he was chosen by the Seattle Mariners, where his older brother Kyle (who made some history a few days back) is a starting infielder, with the 357th overall pick. Justin’s younger brother, Corey, is currently in the Los Angeles Dodgers system.
Barnette (chosen by the Chicago White Sox with the 423rd overall pick), a righty pitcher, went 6-3 with a 3.97 ERA in 15 starts this season. In 95.1 IP, he allowed 101 hits, 59 runs (42 earned), striking out 59 and walking just 29 (a remarkable 2.74 walks per nine innings). This is actually the 2nd time Barnette’s been drafted–he was picked in the 9th round by the Boston Red Sox coming out of high school but decided to put his pro ball dreams on hold and play for Loren Hibbs at Charlotte.
Both players can now decide to forgo their senior seasons, sign with their respective clubs (by July 15) and start on the road to the Show, or stick around, finish up their college careers and re-enter the draft next year. Either way, congrats on two fine players–we’ll be keeping a watch on them in the coming weeks.