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Wednesday, June 7, 2000
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Volume 65, Issue 149

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Ten UH players go in draft

Cougar Sports Services

In a season that saw more than 15 team and individual records fall, the UH baseball team sought to break another -- even after the conclusion of the season.

In Monday's Major League Baseball's First Year Player Draft, the Cougars broke a 14-year old mark when a running total of 10 current (and one former) players were selected in the first twenty rounds of the draft.


Greg Runser

The first Cougar to go was fireballing right-hander Greg Runser. The junior closer from the Woodlands was selected in the fifth round (154 overall) by the Texas Rangers. He led the solid UH pitching staff in saves (6), and went 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA.

The top two Cougar starters, RHP Kyle Crowell (13-3, 2.86 ERA) and LHP Shane Nance (9-2, 2.31) went in the eighth and eleventh rounds, respectively. Both will be on the west coast -- Crowell is heading to the Oakland Athletics and Nance was selected for the second consecutive year by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Junior third baseman/catcher Kris Wilken (Baltimore Orioles) and senior outfielder Brandon Caraway (Philadelphia Phillies) were then drafted back-to-back in the 12th round as the 354th and 355th picks.

Firstbaseman J.P. Woodward got the most of his exhibition game against San Diego when the Cougars visited in March. He was taken in the 14th round with the 409th selection by the Padres.

Four-year starter Eric Lee will take his game down U.S. 59; he was drafted in the 18th round (547 pick) by the Houston Astros.

Rounding out the draft for the Cougars include shortstop Aaron Melebeck (Kansas City Royals--19th Rd.-554 pick), OF Jason Pekar (San Francisco Giants--30th Rd.-901 pick), and catcher Jarrod Bitter (San Diego Padres--33rd Rd.-979 pick).

Former UH lefty Jeremy Swindell--who last played for the Cougars in 1998, was drafted in the 20th round by the Detroit Tigers. He worked out for major league scouts last month while working for the UH Athletic Department and finishing his studies on campus.
 

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