Seager and Barnette Selected in MLB Draft Sat.
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 06/08/2013
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Charlotte baseball saw a pair of current Niners drafted in the 2013 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Saturday.

Junior left fielder/first baseman/third baseman and Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Player of the Year Justin Seager (Kannapolis, N.C. / Northwest Cabarrus HS) was selected in the 12th round by the Seattle Mariners (pick 357) as the first Charlotte player selected this year.

Junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Barnette (Hickory, N.C.) was selected in the 14th round by the Chicago White Sox (pick 423), his second selection in the draft after being picked by the Red Sox in the ninth round out of high school.

Seager also earned First-Team All-Atlantic 10 after finishing as the league leader in doubles (tied for 14th nationally with 22 at the end of the regular season), as well as finishing second in runs scored (46), third in batting average (.351) and on-base percentage (.439), fourth in total bases (109), tied for seventh in RBI (40) and 10th in walks (30) in the league. Seager led team with 23 multiple-hit and tied for the team lead with 10 multiple RBI games while playing left field, first base and third base for Charlotte, one of only two players to play an infield and outfield position this season. He is the third of the Seager clan to be drafted, with older brother Kyle already playing for the Seattle Mariners out of North Carolina in 2009 and younger brother Corey playing in the Dodgers organization after his draft selection last year out of high school.

Barnette is a former Freshman All-American and A-10 Rookie of the Year. He has amassed an 18-8 record with Charlotte and a career earned run average of 3.37 in 43 starts. His ERA and games started total are ranked seventh in program history, while the 18 wins are tied for 10th-most at Charlotte. He has recorded 148 strikeouts in 235 innings pitched in three seasons with the 49ers.

Charlotte commit Ryan Butler was also drafted in the 16th round by the New York Yankees (pick 494). The redshirt junior played for Marshall his first year out of Ardrey Kell High in Charlotte before transferring to Northwest Florida State ahead of his commitment to the 49ers.

Charlotte has had 62 former players sign with pro teams and play professional baseball with an affiliate of a Major League franchise.

Charlotte commit Ryan Butler was also drafted in the 16th round by the New York Yankees (pick 494). The redshirt junior played for Marshall his first year out of Ardrey Kell High in Charlotte before transferring to Northwest Florida State ahead of his commitment to the 49ers.

 


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