Record 10 Tigers Picked in MLB Draft


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CLEMSON -- Ten Tigers, highlighted by outfielder Tyler Colvin's selection in the first round, were taken in the Major League Draft on June 6,7, 2006. The 10 selections set a school record for most Tigers drafted in one year. The previous mark was nine set by the 2004 club.

Colvin, who was undrafted out of North Augusta (SC) High School, was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the 13th pick overall, which tied for the third-highest selection by a Tiger in school history.

Five pitchers were selected on day one, including junior righthander Jason Berken in the sixth round by the Baltimore Orioles, graduate righty Josh Cribb in the eighth round by the Kansas City Royals, junior righthander Steve Richard in the eighth round by the Seattle Mariners, junior righthander Stephen Faris in the 12th round by the San Diego Padres, and senior righty Drew Fiorenza in the 15th round by the Seattle Mariners.

Junior first-baseman Andy D'Alessio was selected in the 10th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On day two, three Tigers were drafted, including senior third-baseman Herman Demmink in the 28th round by the Philadelphia Phillies, junior infielder Marquez Smith in the 35th round by the Chicago Cubs, and senior catcher Adrian Casanova in the 40th round by the Detroit Tigers.

Clemson's 10 picks were second-most in the nation, trailing only UCLA's total of 12. Cal. State-Fullerton, Oklahoma, Oregon State, and San Diego State all had nine players drafted, while Nebraska and N.C. State had eight players taken.

With the 10 selections, Jack Leggett has had a total of 62 players drafted in his 13 seasons as head coach at Clemson. Ten of those 62 players were drafted twice, meaning a Tiger has been drafted 72 times in his tenure. Thirteen more Tigers have signed free-agent contracts as well.


2006 Tiger Draftees

#   Player, Pos.            Cl.     Rd      Pick    Team
21  Tyler Colvin, OF/1B     Jr.     1       13      Cubs
18  Jason Berken, RHP       *Jr.    6       175     Orioles
48  Josh Cribb, RHP         *Gr.    8       227     Royals
46  Steve Richard, RHP      Jr.     8       231     Mariners
24  Andy D'Alessio, 1B      Jr.     10      293     Dodgers
20  Stephen Faris, RHP      Jr.     12      363     Padres
42  Drew Fiorenza, RHP      Sr.     15      441     Mariners
3   Herman Demmink, 3B      Sr.     28      847     Phillies
35  Marquez Smith, INF      Jr.     35      1,049   Cubs
29  Adrian Casanova, C      *Sr.    40      1,192   Tigers
* - has spent one season as a red-shirt player

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