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Renick, Moates Taken on First Day

June 6, 2001 · MT Media Relations

Even though much of the media attention surrounding the first day of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday surrounded the no. 3 pick Dewon Brazelton, two other Blue Raiders were selected, too.

Second baseman Josh Renick and pitcher Jason Moates heard their names called also. Renick was the first pick in the 11th round by the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers chose Moates in the 20th round. They were picks 317 and 597 respectively.

Renick, Middle Tennessee's career batting average leader with a .381 mark, was undrafted as a junior and worked his way into the 11th round after putting together one of the greatest years in Blue Raider history.

His .420 average with eight homers garnered Sun Belt Player of the Year honors for the Sarasota, Fla., native. Renick's average rates as the second highest of all time. He also broke the school's run record with 74 and equaled the mark for hits with 94.

"I'm fired up," Renick said of his draft status. "It's even more special since my dad coached in Minnesota and won a World Series with the Twins in 1987. I still know some people in the organization. I'm just glad to get an opportunity to play."

Moates, a right-hander from Columbia, Tenn., was drafted for the second time during his two-year tenure as a Blue Raider.

Last season he was taken in the 26th round by the Cincinnati Reds, but didn't sign. He was rehabbing from "Tommy John" elbow surgery and wanted to come back and prove himself again to scouts.

Moates began the season in the bullpen as he was brought back slowly from his injury by the Blue Raider coaching staff. By the end of the season, he had compiled a 6-2 record with a 3.19 ERA and was the Saturday starter in the team's weekend rotation.

Moates, who throws in the mid 90's, has compiled 72 strikeouts during his two-year stint in Murfreesboro.

Moates does, however, have the option to return to the squad next season. He just completed his third season of eligibility due to his injury last year. He was awarded a medical redshirt following his elbow surgery.

"I am very pleased with where I was picked. I thought that I might go a little higher, but with my surgery It's sort of a crapshoot. I'm very excited about this opportunity," said Moates.

Head Coach Steve Peterson said that having three players drafted on the first day shows that his program is getting attention around the country.

"It's an honor for three guys to go on the first day. It shows that we're getting the right kinds of players to come to Middle Tennessee and play baseball," he said.

Peterson continued, "There was no doubt that Josh wanted to play pro ball. His 11th round selection shows that [the Twins] think he can play. I'm happy for Josh because I know this is what he really wanted.

"For Jason to come off of what could have been a career-ending injury and have a great year for us shows what kind of player he is. He improved each time out. I think Jason has a big decision to make because he could return here next year with the opportunity to become our #1 pitcher. He also could try to make a run in pro ball. It's a good situation for him to be in."

All told, the Blue Raiders have now had a player selected in the draft in each of the last six seasons and 14 of the last 15. The Middle Tennessee program has sent a total of 65 men into professional baseball with seven having played in the major leagues. Four players previously drafted are currently active in pro ball with Minnesota Twin Jason Maxwell the lone Blue Raider currently on a major league roster.

  JOSH RENICK'S CAREER STATISTICS  Year       AVG  GP-GS    AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR RBI  BB  SO  SB-ATT  2000....  .338  56-56   201  53  68  18   2   1  22  35  11  21-27  2001....  .420  56-56   224  74  94  20   2   8  38  31  22  24-28  TOTALS..  .381 112-112  425 127 162  38   4   9  60  66  33  45-55    

JASON MOATES' CAREER STATISTICS Year ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2000.... 4.79 1-1 4 4 0 0/0 0 20.2 23 13 11 15 15 2001.... 3.19 6-2 13 11 0 0/2 0 59.1 43 25 21 43 57 TOTALS.. 3.60 7-3 17 15 0 0/2 0 80.0 66 38 32 58 72

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