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BASEBALL PLAYERS SELECTED IN MLB DRAFT

LR’s baseball team saw two players drafted in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. Justin Dean was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 17th round, and Landon Whitson was picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 25th round.

Justin Dean, selected by Atlanta BravesDean enjoyed an accomplished collegiate career that ended with a .367 batting average, 202 hits, 34 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs, 88 runs driven in, and a .532 slugging percentage in 141 games played. Dean also reached base an impressive 46.7 percent of the time he stepped to the plate. Defensively, he only committed 15 errors through three seasons on the diamond.

“Justin being drafted is proof that good things happen as a result of relentless work,” said LR head baseball coach Tom Fleenor. “He only had one opportunity to play at the college level and he more than made the most of it.” 

 

 

Landon Whitson, selected by the Arizona DiamondbacksWhitson's career also proved to be a fruitful one. The First Team All-SAC and Academic All-District selection was dominant on the mound, accumulating 50 appearances, 98.2 innings pitched, 12 starts, a 4.65 ERA, nine victories, and nine saves.

“Landon is a true testament to our process here at Lenoir-Rhyne,” Fleenor said. “He was an 82-84 mile-per-hour pitcher in high-school, and transformed into 90-96 mile-per-hour pitcher in college. More importantly, he is a first-rate human being.”

 

 

With the selections of Dean and Whitson, the Bears baseball program now touts six draft picks in the past four years, and this marks the third time in program history that multiple players have been chosen in the same year. This also marks the second year a Bear has been drafted by the Braves organization.

Other Bears MLB draft picks are Thomas St. Clair (St. Louis Cardinals) and John Curtis (Atlanta Braves) in 2017, Matthew De La Rosa (Baltimore Orioles) in 2016, Ivan Vieitez (Los Angeles Dodgers) in 2015, Steve Davis and Michael Tidwell (Chicago Cubs) in 1991, and LR Hall-of-Famer Craig Corbett (Montreal Expos) in 1981.

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BASEBALL PLAYERS SELECTED IN MLB DRAFT
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LR’s baseball team saw two players drafted in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. Justin Dean was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 17th round, and Landon Whitson was picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 25th round.

Justin Dean, selected by Atlanta BravesDean enjoyed an accomplished collegiate career that ended with a .367 batting average, 202 hits, 34 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs, 88 runs driven in, and a .532 slugging percentage in 141 games played. Dean also reached base an impressive 46.7 percent of the time he stepped to the plate. Defensively, he only committed 15 errors through three seasons on the diamond.

“Justin being drafted is proof that good things happen as a result of relentless work,” said LR head baseball coach Tom Fleenor. “He only had one opportunity to play at the college level and he more than made the most of it.” 

 

 

Landon Whitson, selected by the Arizona DiamondbacksWhitson's career also proved to be a fruitful one. The First Team All-SAC and Academic All-District selection was dominant on the mound, accumulating 50 appearances, 98.2 innings pitched, 12 starts, a 4.65 ERA, nine victories, and nine saves.

“Landon is a true testament to our process here at Lenoir-Rhyne,” Fleenor said. “He was an 82-84 mile-per-hour pitcher in high-school, and transformed into 90-96 mile-per-hour pitcher in college. More importantly, he is a first-rate human being.”

 

 

With the selections of Dean and Whitson, the Bears baseball program now touts six draft picks in the past four years, and this marks the third time in program history that multiple players have been chosen in the same year. This also marks the second year a Bear has been drafted by the Braves organization.

Other Bears MLB draft picks are Thomas St. Clair (St. Louis Cardinals) and John Curtis (Atlanta Braves) in 2017, Matthew De La Rosa (Baltimore Orioles) in 2016, Ivan Vieitez (Los Angeles Dodgers) in 2015, Steve Davis and Michael Tidwell (Chicago Cubs) in 1991, and LR Hall-of-Famer Craig Corbett (Montreal Expos) in 1981.

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