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Nine Tigers Drafted in MLB Draft

Kim Montuoro, Photo Editor

Pat Krall, Alex Eubanks and Andrew Cox stand in the dugout during a game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Nine Clemson Tiger baseball players were drafted during the 2017 Major League Baseball draft this week.
Junior left-handed pitcher Charlie Barnes was the first Tiger to be taken, drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round with the 106th overall pick.
Barnes, who graduated from Clemson in May with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management, was Clemson’s Friday night starter for all of the 2017 season. Through 16 starts, the southpaw posted a 5-5 record. Barnes had a 3.20 ERA (the best amongst Clemson’s starting lineup), giving up 44 runs, 36 earned in 101.1 innings pitched. He also had 113 strikeouts against just 22 walks.
The next Tiger to be taken was junior outfielder Chase Pinder. The St. Louis Cardinals took him in the seventh round with the 214th overall pick.
Pinder, who started all but three games in centerfield, was a huge part of the Tigers’ successful season. He had a .305 batting average with a .419 on-base percentage. The junior found his power swing late in the season, hitting all seven of his home runs in the last half of the season. Pinder had 32 RBI on the season, switching between batting in the leadoff position and further down in the order.
Pinder was also spectacular in centerfield all season, robbing several hits from opposing players. He was the only regular Clemson fielder to have a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Right-handed pitcher Alex Eubanks was drafted by the Rangers in the 14th round with the 424th overall pick.
Eubanks was a regular fixture in Clemson’s starting rotation, and posted a 7-6 record on the year. He had a 4.09 ERA on the year, with 50 runs, 48 earned. Eubanks also threw two complete games on the year, both shutouts, along with striking out 104 and only walking 15.
Junior right-handed pitcher Paul Campbell was taken in the 21st round with the 619th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays. Campbell saw limited action for the Tigers in 2017 with only five appearances and two starts. He had a 5.09 ERA through his 8.2 innings pitched.
Pat Krall, a senior left-handed pitcher, was taken by the Oakland Athletics in the 28th round with the 831st overall pick.
Krall, who was also drafted in the 28th round last year, returned to Clemson for his senior season and became a regular starter for the Tigers. Krall had an 8-3 record in his 17 appearances in 2017. His ERA was 3.50 through his 90.0 innings pitched as he gave up 53 runs, only 35 earned, on the year. Krall also had one save on the year.
In the 30th round with the 895th overall pick, the Los Angeles Angels selected right-handed pitcher Jeremy Beasley.
Beasley was a reliever for the Tigers throughout the 2017 season, and saw his role increase during the latter half of the year. Beasley has a 1-2 record with a 5.79 ERA through 23.1 innings pitched in 23 appearances.
Junior catcher Chris Williams was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 31st round with the 919th overall selection.
Williams, who missed significant playing time in the 2017 season due to injury, still had a huge impact on the Tigers’ season. He had a .261 batting average with fourteen home runs on the year, along with 51 RBI. Williams was also solid for Clemson behind the plate.
With the very next pick, the Atlanta Braves selected right-handed pitcher Ryan Miller.
Miller, who also missed time due to injury, had 11 appearances on the year for a total of 11.2 innings pitched. He had a 3.09 ERA over that span, giving up four runs, all earned. He struck-out 11 batters while only walking two.
The Kansas City Royals selected Reed Rohlman in the 35th round, 1050 overall. 
Rohlman, who graduated with his degree in May, was one of college baseball’s hottest players over the last two months of the season. He ended the year with a .361 batting average and 34 RBI. He led the team in doubles with 21, and also had six home runs.
Rohlman alternated between playing left or being the designated hitter throughout the season, and was known for his hitting ability more than his defensive prowess.
Along with these players, four Clemson commits (Sam Keating, Sam Weatherly, Kier Meredith and Spencer Strider) were also drafted. Teams have until July 15 to sign the draftees.

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