Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Faulkner pitcher taken by Yankees

Faulkner pitcher Corey Black went in the fourth round of the baseball draft today, taken by the New York Yankees.

"I'm blessed for the opportunity to play for such an elite organization," Black said. "I can honestly say it was a privilege to play at Faulkner with such a great team and just wanted to thank the coaches for another opportunity at the college level."

Black, who transferred to the Eagles after two years at San Diego State, was 11-2 with a 2.15 ERA this year. He was the 157th overall prospect in this year's draft, according to Baseball America, and went to the Yankees with the 157th overall pick. (Nice.)

"He is one of the most deserving guys I have ever met," Faulkner coach Patrick McCarthy said. "He worked hard this year in the classroom and on the field.

"I wish him the best and can't wait to see him in the big leagues in a few years."

Depending on how you look at it, Black could be the highest Faulkner player taken in the draft. The previous best was fifth-round pitcher Austin Adams in 2009, but Adams was the 155th overall pick.

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