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Five Bucs drafted in Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 7, 2006) - Five members of the Baseball Bucs squad were drafted in the first 30 rounds of Major League Baseball's annual First-Year Player Draft held Tuesday and Wednesday in New York. The five players are the most ever drafted in head coach Tony Skole's seven year tenure at ETSU, with junior Stephen Douglas (
"This is a great day for these young men and their families and this is a great day for Buccaneer Baseball," said Skole. "I am so excited for each of them and for the opportunity that they now have to pursue their dream of playing professional baseball. When these kids walked on campus for the first time, becoming a professional baseball player was a dream but definitely not a reality. Each one of them have worked so hard, sacrificed so much and persevered through many difficult times. The one thing they all have in common is a great ambition to improve and to get better."
"This feels unbelievable, especially with my teammates going also; that's the most exciting thing about this," said
Senior closer Steven Calicutt (
The Indians looked to ETSU again in the 23rd round, selecting senior shortstop Chuck Hargis (
Senior ace Jeremy Hall (
"It will be very exciting to follow each one of their careers and see what the future may hold," said Skole. "As happy as I am for them being drafted, I am even more proud of the young men they have become. Whether or not they make it in baseball remains to be seen, but I know for a fact these kids will be successful once their playing days are over. Our baseball program at ETSU models itself as being a big family and many people closely related to our program should feel good inside about what happened today. Our assistant coaches, trainers, strength coaches, sports information department, marketing department, Pirate Club and our administration have all played an important role in each of these young men's careers. Today has been very rewarding for everyone involved."
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