Thursday, June 9, 2011

Big East hits jackpot in MLB Draft

The Big East Conference sure has its critics in football, but the league’s baseball image continues to rise.

A record 40 Big East Conference players were taken in this year’s MLB Draft topping the previous record of 35 that was set last year.

For the first time, the Big East had three players selected in the first round including Connecticut outfielder George Springer, who was the 11th overall pick and is the highest player selected in school history.

USF had five players drafted, including right handed pitchers Kevin Quackenbush, Jim Moran and Randy Fontanez, and lefty Junior Carlin. Infielder Jonathan Koscso was selected in the 29th round by the Tampa Bay Ray.

The highest pick for USF was Quackenbush, who was selected in the eighth round (263d overall) by San Diego. Moran was chosen in the 18th round (565th overall) by Cincinnati.

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