Atlanta, GA - Outfielder Luke Murton became the first Yellow Jacket taken in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, and sophomore outfielder Jeff Rowland and junior right-handed pitcher Zach Von Tersch joined the senior on the second day of selections.
The New York Yankees made Murton the 595th overall pick in the draft
with their 19th round selection. The senior concluded his final season
on the Flats with a team-best 20 home runs while batting .354 with 63
RBI. He is one of just 10 players in school history to eclipse the
20-home run plateau in a single season and concluded his career ranked among Tech’s career top-10 in doubles (4th, 61), home runs (4th, 47), RBI (7th, 201) and total bases (8th, 465). He was named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and a first-team All-ACC honoree in 2009.
Murton had been drafted twice before, but never higher than the 33rd
round. The Yankees made the outfielder their 40th round selection in
2007, and the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Murton in the 33rd round last year.
Also drafted through the first 19 rounds were 2009 Georgia Tech
baseball signees Tucker Barnhart (10th round), Crawford Simmons (14th) and Luke Bard (16th).
The Cleveland Indians selected Rowland in the 21st round as the 635th
overall pick after the draft-eligible, second-year outfielder batted
.340 with 84 hits and a team-high 21 stolen bases in 2009. The speedy
All-ACC first-teamer led the Jackets with 66 runs scored this season and has tallied 43 stolen bases in his first two years on the Flats.
One round later, Von Tersch became the third Yellow Jacket chosen in
the 2009 MLB Draft when the New York Mets drafted the pitcher in the
22nd round as the 674th overall selection. The right-hander concluded
his third season on the Flats with a 6-2 record, tallying 52 strikeouts
in his 13 starts.
The second day of selections began in the fourth round after the first
three rounds were completed Tuesday evening. The last 20 rounds of the draft will take place Thursday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.
* A total of 84 former Yellow Jackets have signed professional baseball
contracts during head coach Danny Hall’s 16-year tenure at Georgia
Tech, 17 of which have reached the Major Leagues since 1996.
* At least one Georgia Tech player has been selected in the MLB Draft
every year since 1980. Since 1965, there has only been seven seasons
(1970-72, 75-76, 78, 80) that no Tech player has been selected in the
* 133 different Georgia Tech players have been selected in the MLB
draft, 82 of which have come during Hall’s tenure (including Murton,
Rowland and Von Tersch).
* There have been a total of 156 draft selections in Georgia Tech
history, 92 of which have come since Hall’s arrival in 1994 (including
Murton, Rowland and Von Tersch).
* A total of 55 players that were drafted out of high school have
chosen to attend Georgia Tech, 34 of which have played for Hall
(including Von Tersch).
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Georgia Tech Players in the 2009 MLB Draft
Player Class Pos. Round/Pick Team
Luke Murton Sr. OF 19th/585 Yankees
Jeff Rowland So. OF 21st/635 Indians
Zach Von Tersch Jr. RHP 22nd/674 Mets
Georgia Tech Signees in the 2009 MLB Draft
Player Pos. Round/Pick Team
Tucker Barnhart C 10th/299 Reds
Crawford Simmons LHP 14th/422 Royals
Luke Bard RHP 16th/498 Red Sox