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UT Sets Record with Nine Drafted for Major League Baseball

Published: Jun 10, 2010
The University of Tampa finished off the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft on June 9 with a school record: nine Spartans chosen for their dream jobs.

Jared Simon was chosen in the sixth round by the Colorado Rockies, Josh Bowman in the 10th by the Oakland Athletics, Mike Blanke in the 14th by the Chicago White Sox, Carmine Giardina in the 15th by the Los Angeles Angels and A.J. Pinera in the 18th by the New York Mets. The Chicago White Sox chose two more Spartans in the 23rd round: Mike Schwartz and Austin Evans. Dylan Brown was picked up by the New York Mets in round 37 and John Wiedenbauer was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the final round 50.

The previous record for UT players chosen was six following their national championship in 2007. The University has had at least one, if not multiple, draft selections in the last eight years.

"I am extremely excited for each of the guys who were selected," said head coach Joe Urso. "This is a result of many hours of hard work and a dedication to the game along with the history and tradition of UT baseball."