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Three Jackets, Six Signees Taken in Baseball Draft

ATLANTA (June 7) — Three Georgia Tech players, left-handed pitcher Chuck Crowder (Mantua, Ohio), catcher Eric McQueen (Winder, Ga.), and left-handed pitcher Simon Young (Flowery Branch, Ga.), as well as six incoming freshmen, were selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft on June 3-4.

In six years as Georgia Tech, head coach Danny Hall has sent 18 players into professional baseball, not including Crowder and catcher McQueen, who have finished their eligibility at Tech and will join that group. Crowder was 10-5 with a 3.62 ERA this year and finished his college career with 33 victories, third on the all-time Tech list. McQueen batted .311 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI this year, finishing his career with 35 home runs and 147 RBI. Young just finished his junior year with a career-best 7-4 record and 4.10 ERA, and has one more year remaining at Tech.

The addition of Crowder and McQueen to the pro ranks will give Georgia Tech 30 alumni active in professional baseball, including seven players at the major league level.

Six of the 10 high school players who signed letters-of-intent to play at Tech next year were selected, four of them in the first six rounds. That brings the number of Tech signees drafted in the past two years to 16. Last year, 10 of the 16 incoming players the Yellow Jackets had signed were selected in the draft, and six of those enrolled at Tech.

Following is a list of Georgia Tech baseball players and signees who were taken in the 50-round draft.

Players, Class          Pos.    Hometown             Round/Pick      Drafting teamChuck Crowder, Sr.      LHP     Mantua, Ohio         4th/130         Colorado RockiesEric McQueen, Sr.       C       Winder, Ga.          14th/430        Colorado RockiesSimon Young, Jr.        LHP     Flowery Branch, Ga.  48th/1,425      Cleveland IndiansSignees         Pos.    Hometown        Round/Pick    Drafting teamRichard Stahl   LHP     Covington, Ga.  1st/18        Baltimore OriolesAron Weston     OF      Solon, Ohio     3rd/92        Pittsburgh PiratesTyler Parker    C       Marietta, Ga.   6th/196       New York MetsJon Henry Kail  OF      Pittsburgh, Pa. 6th/199       Boston Red SoxKyle Colton     RHP     Orlando, Fla.   23rd/714      Atlanta BravesPhilip Perry    RHP     Marietta, Ga.   41st/1,245    New York Mets

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