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June 4, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Three Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were first-round selections in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which got under way Monday night in New York.
Duke pitcher Marcus Stroman was the first ACC player taken in the opening round, going to the Toronto Blue Jays as the 22nd overall selection. The St. Louis Cardinals followed by taking Florida State outfielder James Ramsey, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year, with the 23rd pick. Two picks later, Clemson third baseman Richie Shaffer went to the Tampa Bay Rays as the No. 25 overall selection.
Stroman, a hard-throwing right-hander from Medford, N.Y., led the nation in strikeouts during the regular season and still ranks among the national leaders with 136 strikeouts in14 games. Stroman finished his junior season with a 6-5 record and 2.39 ERA.
For his career, Stroman sports a 15-13 record, a 3.27 ERA and 290 strikeouts in 220 innings. His 11.86 strikeouts per nine innings lead all active conference pitchers and ranks sixth on the ACC’s all-time list.
Stroman became the first Duke player to be selected in the opening round of the June draft (Former Blue Devil outfielder Steve Kesses was the 16th overall choice in the secondary phase of the 1976 draft).
FSU’s Ramsey enters Super Regional play this week ranking second among ACC hitters with a .385 average. Ramsey ranks fifth in the conference in home runs with 13, tied for fifth in RBI with 55 and first in runs scored with 72.
Ramsey is a career .340 hitter who leads all active ACC players in on-base percentage (.458). The Alpharetta, Ga., senior and Louisville Slugger first-team All-American also sports a .575 career slugging percentage in addition to 34 career home runs and 199 RBI.
Clemson’s Shaffer, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., is a .325 career hitter who has driven in 137 runs and has hit 30 home runs in 174 collegiate games. A first-team All-ACC selection and third-team Louisville Sluger All-American in 2012, Shaffer finished the most recent season batting .336 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI.
Shaffer ranks second among active ACC players in career on-base percentage (.448) and third in slugging percentage (.562). Eighty-one of his 199 career hits have gone for extra bases. Shaffer, an All-ACC third baseman in 2012 and All-ACC first baseman in 2011, is the first player in Clemson history to be named first-team All-ACC at two different positions.
This marks the 21st consecutive year (1992-2012) that at least one student-athlete from an ACC program has been taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It is the 11th time in the last 12 years that conference has seen multiple players taken in the first round.
At least three ACC players have been chosen in the first round of each of the last eight MLB Drafts (2005-11). The conference has produced 31 first-rounders during that span.
The ACC also got a taste of the action in Monday night’s compensation round. Georgia Tech right-hander Luke Bard was taken as the 42nd overall pick by the Minnesota Twins. Bard, of Charlotte, N.C., missed most of the 2012 season due to injury, but has appeared in 55 career games with a 3-2 record, 3.47 ERA and 12 saves while striking out 97 batters in 103.2 innings.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft opened Monday night with 31 first-round and 29 compensation-round selections (60 overall picks). Rounds 2 through 40 will take place Tuesday through Wednesday.
At least 50 ACC players have been selected in each of the last six Major League drafts, including a league-record 64 in 2010 and 58 last year.
ACC First-Round Selections in the 2012 MLB Draft
Rd./Overall Player (Pos.), School… Major League Team
1/22 Marcus Stroman (RHP), Duke.......... Toronto
1/23 James Ramsey (OF), Florida State.. St. Louis
1/25 Richie Shaffer (3B), Clemson......Tampa Bay