UConn Baseball Players Make Impact on NCAA Playoffs & MLB Draft

George Springer

The University of Connecticut baseball team has reached the Super Regional in the NCAA playoffs.  The winner of the best-of-three series will advance to the 2011 College World SeriesUConn is set to play Saturday at 6 p.m. against the defending champion South Carolina Gamecocks.  

In addition to the Huskies’ on-field success, UConn players played a prominent role in the Major League Baseball Draft.  The following UConn players were drafted:

Round 1: George Springer, OF, Houston Astros (Springer was chosen with the 11th overall pick in the first round, becoming the highest player ever drafted out of UConn.  Charles Nagy had been the highest when he was selected with the 17th pick in the 1988 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.) 

Round 1: Matt Barnes, RHP, Boston Red Sox (18th overall)

Matt Barnes

Round 2: Nick Ahmed, SS, Atlanta Braves

Round 17: Mike Andreoli, RF, Chicago Cubs

Round 18: Greg Nappo, RHP, Florida Marlins

Round 19: Kevin Vance, RHP, Chicago White Sox

Round 21: Mike Nemeth, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers

Round 30: David Fischer, RHP, San Francisco Giants

Congratulations to the UConn players drafted and best of luck to the Huskies in the Super Regional.

Thanks to Sox & Dawgs and the Hartford Courant’s Dom Amore for the information and excellent coverage of UConn baseball.


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