By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Twenty-four NAIA baseball programs had players selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft, which wrapped up Saturday evening. In total, 37 NAIA student-athletes were picked by 23 different clubs during the three-day, 40-round event.
Lee’s (Tenn.) Myles Smith, a native of Detroit, Mich., was the first NAIA player off the board after being selected in the fourth round (113th overall) by the Boston Red Sox. The junior right-handed pitcher paced the Flames with 94 strikeouts and 84.1 innings pitched in 2013, while tying for the team lead with 11 victories. Smith posted six-or-more strikeouts in 9-of-16 appearances this season, including a season-high 11 against Southern Poly (Ga.) on March 21.
The first position player drafted was Henry Yates of Texas Wesleyan, chosen in the ninth round (274th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yates ranked 12th in the NAIA with a .413 batting average, including 13 doubles, five home runs and 45 RBI in 45 games this season.
Lee boasted the most draftees with five – Smith, Jose Samayoa (RHP) (Texas Rangers), Andy Hills (RHP) (Milwaukee Brewers), Clint Terry (LHP) (Milwaukee Brewers) and Alex Moore (RHP) (Milwaukee Brewers). Lubbock Christian (Texas) was second with four individuals, while Tennessee Wesleyan had three. Arizona Christian, Menlo (Calif.), Oklahoma City and Texas Wesleyan had two selections each.
The Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals tied for the most NAIA selections with three apiece.
Since 2008, the NAIA has averaged 41 individuals selected each year by MLB clubs.
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2013 MLB Draft – NAIA Players Selected