CLEMSON -- The 2002 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft started by conference call among the 30 Major League Clubs Tuesday at 1PM EST. The draft will conclude on Wednesday.
Tigers taken in the draft so far:
DONALD GREINKE - APOPKA HS RHP R/R 6'2" 180 10/21/1983 HS
1st Round (#6 Pick to Kansas City) -- Clemson Signee
JEREMY HERMIDA - WHEELER HS RF L/R 6'4" 195 01/30/1984 HS
1st Round (#11 Pick to Florida) -- Clemson Signee
KHALIL GREENE - CLEMSON U SS R/R 5'10" 190 10/21/1979 4YR
1st Round (#13 Pick to San Diego)
JEFFREY FRANCOEUR - PARKVIEW HS CF R/R 6'4" 205 01/08/1984 HS
1st Round (#23 Pick to Atlanta) -- Clemson Football Signee
MATTHEW WHITNEY - PALM BEACH GARDENS HS 1B R/R 6'4" 195 02/13/1984 HS
Compensation A (#34 Pick to Cleveland) -- Clemson Signee
MICHAEL JOHNSON - CLEMSON U 1B L/R 6'4" 220 06/25/1980 4YR
2nd Round (#54 Pick to San Diego)
JEFF BAKER - CLEMSON U 3B R/R 6'2" 210 06/21/1981 4YR
4th Round (#111 Pick to Colorado)
BJ LAMURA - CLEMSON U RHP R/R 6'1" 200 01/01/1981 4YR
5th Round (#150 Pick to Chicago White Sox)
BRYAN HARVEY - BANDYS SCHOOL C R/R 6'2" 180 01/05/1984 HS
5th Round (#155 Pick to Atlanta) -- Clemson Signee
PAT CLAYTON - WALTON HS RHP R/R 6'5" 220 08/13/1984 HS
7th Round (#215 Pick to Atlanta) -- Clemson Signee
MATTHEW HENRIE - CLEMSON U RHP L/R 6'2" 205 11/28/1979 4YR
7th Round (#219 Pick to Arizona)
TYLER PELLAND - MOUNT ABRAHAM HS LHP R/L 6'0" 200 10/09/1983 HS
9th Round (#268 Pick to Boston) -- Clemson Signee
STEPHEN REBA - CLEMSON U RHP R/R 6'3" 180 03/23/1980 4YR
21st Round (#615 Pick to Colorado)
Eligible to be drafted on Day 2:
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Six Tigers Taken in MLB Draft
Khalil Greene selected 13th overall in the first round.
CLEMSON, SC - Khalil Greene's selection as the 13th player overall
highlighted a list of six Tigers taken on the first day of the 2002
Major League Baseball Draft. Greene, a senior shortstop, was taken in
the first round by San Diego and the Padres followed the choice by
picking teammate Michael Johnson in the second round. Jeff Baker was
taken in the fourth round, B.J. LaMura was selected in the fifth
round, Matt Henrie was taken in the seventh round and Steve Reba was
selected in the 21st round to close out day one, which includes the
first 22 rounds of the draft.
Greene's selection is the first by a Clemson player in the first
round since Mike Paradis was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in 1999.
He is Clemson's 10th first-round pick and the sixth first-rounder
under Head Coach Jack Leggett. The Key West, FL, native is second in
NCAA history in career hits and is the Clemson career leader in hits,
extra base hits, RBIs, total bases, doubles, at-bats, games played
and hit-by-pitches. Last week, Greene was named the National Player
of the Year by Collegiate Baseball.
"It's an honor to be picked that high," said Greene, who was taken in
the 14th round by the Chicago Cubs last season. "I never anticipated
this. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a productive career after
Johnson, a Georgetown, SC, native, was selected 54th overall in the
second round by San Diego. He is batting .387 with 21 home runs and
74 RBIs. He was named First Team All-ACC this season and was named
the top junior first baseman in the country at midseason by Baseball
"It has always been a dream of mine, as it is for every baseball
player, to play in the major leagues and you have to get drafted
first," said Johnson. "I've worked hard to get to this point and it
is very exciting. It is neat that Khalil and I could possibly be on
the same team."
Baker, a Woodbridge, VA, native, was taken with the 111th pick
overall in the fourth round by Colorado. He is Clemson's alltime
leader in home runs and is ranks sixth in the ACC in career home
runs. The junior is batting .333 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs and
needs just one more home run to set a new single season record at
"It's a great honor to be picked by a major league team," said Baker.
"I'm excited the Rockies decided to pick me and give me a chance.
This is one of the first steps I have to take to realize my lifelong
dream, but right now my focus is on Arkansas and getting to the
College World Series."
LaMura, a Rokonkonoma, NY, native, was drafted by the Chicago White
Sox with the 150th pick overall in the fifth round. The junior had a
breakout season in 2002 and has started eight games, compling a 5-2
record with a 4.05 ERA.
"I was very excited to see my name up there," said LaMura. "It feels
good knowing I have the opportunity to play at the next level."
Henrie, a Jupiter FL, native, was picked 219th overall in the seventh
round by Arizona. The junior leads Clemson with a 2.98 ERA as the
team's number two starter. He was named to the All-ACC second team
earlier this season.
"This is a huge thrill for me," he said. "I am looking forward to
playing professionally, but we still have a few games to play here."
Reba was the 621st selcetion overall in the 21st round by the
Colorado Rockies. He is tied for third in Clemson history with 33
wins, including a 13-2 record this season.
"The Rockies are a good organization and it is great that they picked
me up," said Reba. "This is about what I expected so I am pleased."