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Three Arkansas Baseball Signees Selected in Fi

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Three Arkansas Baseball Signees Selected in Fi
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Three members of the 2000-01 University of Arkansas baseball signing class were among 616 players selected Tuesday during the first 20 rounds of the 2001 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Former Nettleton High School shortstop Corey Ragsdale was the first UA baseball signee selected. The New York Mets used their supplemental second round pick to make the 6-3, 180-pound Jonesboro, Ark., native the 76th overall selection.

Ragsdale was joined in the draft by fellow UA signees Reggie Fitzpatrick and Chris Tierney. A 6-0, 184-pound outfielder from McNair High School in Atlanta, Ga., Fitzpatrick was selected by the Montreal Expos with the sixth pick of the fifth round (142nd overall). The Kansas City Royals used the ninth pick of the seventh round (206th overall) to select Tierney, a 6-6, 205-pound left-handed pitcher from Lockport (Ill.) High School.

“I think this just confirms that our coaching staff is recruiting the right kind of athletes,” Arkansas Head Baseball Coach Norm DeBriyn said. “Sometimes it’s a challenge to hold on to players of this caliber after they have been selected so early in the draft, but we are optimistic that these young men will do what is right for them.”

The basic categories of players eligible for the draft are: (1) high school players, if they have graduated from high school and have not yet attended college or junior college; (2) players from four-year colleges who have either completed their junior or senior years or are at least 21 years old; (3) players from junior college players, regardless of how many years of school they have completed; and (4) 21-year-old players.

The draft resumes with the 21st round Wednesday at noon CT.

FORMER AND CURRENT UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS BASEBALL STUDENT-ATHLETES AND SIGNEES IN THE 2001 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT
(DAY ONE – ROUNDS 1-20)
PLAYER – POSITION – 2001 SCHOOL – MLB TEAM – ROUND (OVERALL SELECTION)
Reggie Fitzpatrick – OF – McNair HS (Atlanta, Ga.) – Montreal – 5 (142)
#Corey Ragsdale – SS – Nettleton HS (Jonesboro, Ark.) – New York (NL) – 2 (76)
Chris Tierney – LHP – Lockport (Ill.) HS – Kansas City – 7 (206)
# – supplemental second round selection



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