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Five Seminoles Selected in 2006 MLB Draft

June 8, 2006

Tallahassee, FL – The 2006 Major League Baseball Draft wrapped up Wednesday and five Seminoles were selected. Shane Robinson led the way being selected in the fifth round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Tyler Chambliss was also a first day selection going to the Kansas City Royals in the 11th round. Barret Browning, Luke Tucker and Ryne Malone were all selected on day two.

Shane Robinson
Pick 166 – 5th Round
St. Louis Cardinals
2005 National Player of the Year…Brooks Wallace Award and Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist…2006 CBF All-American…Collegiate Baseball 3rd Team All-American…All-ACC first team two straight years…first Seminole outfielder since J.D. Drew to be named All-ACC first team in back-to-back seasons…2006 NCAA Athens Raegional All-Tournament Team…tied for first in the NCAA in runs…reached base in the first at bat of a game 30 times in 65 opportunities. FSU is 24-6 in those games…first player in Florida State history with 100 steals…prototypical leadoff hitter reached base over 50% of the time when starting an inning…has a hit in 56 of FSU’s 65 games…26 game hit streak ended (4/19). Has the two longest hitting streaks by an FSU player in school history…led the team with 32 multi-hit games…struck out three times in a game at the ACC Tournament for the first time in 202 career games…has started every game of his FSU career…streak of reaching base came to an end after 50 games versus Clemson…reached base safely in 62 straight games during his freshman and sophomore seasons…has reached base safely in 154 of his last 159 games…set a new personal best with 7 homers.

Tyler Chambliss
Pick 317 – 11th Round
Kansas City Royals
A former standout closer who has now assumed a starting role in FSU’s 2006 rotation…Roger Clemens Award semi-finalist and Brooks Wallace Award and Dick Howser Trophy nominee…All-ACC Second Team selection…the first player in ACC history to receive all-conference honors as a starter and a reliever…2006 NCAA Athens Raegional All-Tournament Team…recorded quality starts in 12 of his 18 starts…tied for the third-most wins in the nation…his 15 strikeouts versus Maryland were the most by a Seminole pitcher since 1997…threw the first regular season complete game since 2004 and the first of his career…first pitcher since 1999 to K 10 or more batters in back-to-back games…had gone six or more innings in each of his last nine starts before a four inning outing versus Clemson…started the opening game of a three-game series for the first time in his career versus Wake (5/5). Opened the Clemson series as well.

Barret Browning
Pick 852 – 28th Round
Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim
Browning was drafted for the fourth time in his career in 2006…moved up 10 rounds in the draft compared to 2005…after spending most of the 2006 season in the starting rotation Browning was moved to the bullpen following the Miami series…has adjusted to his role and has become a top middle reliever…was named ACC Pitcher of the Week (5/8) after six inning win in relief versus Wake Forest in longest game in ACC history…the only left-hander to start a game for FSU in 2006…has already won three more games in 2006 than he did in 15 starts and 24 appearances as a junior in 2005…12 of his last 13 appearances have come out of the bullpen.

Luke Tucker
Pick 1170 – 39th Round
Toronto Blue Jays
FSU’s closer who took the place of Tyler Chambliss who moved into the starting rotation…on the NCBWA’s mid-season Stopper of the Year Award watch list…his ERA would be second-best in the nation if he had enough innings to qualify…doesn’t have enough innings to qualify but if he did he would have the best ERA and lowest opponent batting average in the ACC…gave up his first run in ACC play this year versus Clemson…saw his streak of 18 innings without allowing a run come to an end versus Clemson…teams are batting just .128 versus Tucker, the best opponent batting average on the team…has given up just 15 hits in 34 innings…teams are hitting just .059 versus Tucker with the bases empty…has at least one strikeout in 22 of his 26 outings…has not allowed a run in 25 of his 28 appearances…has struck out two or more batters in 13 of his last 18 appearances…averaging over 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings…only allowed a run in four of his 28 appearances.

Ryne Malone
Pick 1459 – 49th Round
Chicago Cubs
Tied an NCAA record with two homeruns in one inning versus Brown. First player in the NCAA to do that since 2004…third on the team with 28 extra base hits…has a hit in 43 of the 64 games he has played this season…the only current FSU player with 20+ career homers (31)…has scored a run in 37 of the 64 games he has played…has struck out in just six of his last 20 games…has 12 homers in two of his three seasons at FSU…a three-year starter who has played every position except pitcher and catcher.

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