Blue Raiders preparing to begin professional careers

Seven student-athletes guided team throughout 2010 season

June 12, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - All seven of the student-athletes Blue Raider baseball had selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft have signed with their respective teams.

Bryce Brentz, who was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 36th overall pick, will join the Lowell Spinners, the short-season A affiliate, prior to their first game on June 18.

Alex McClure, taken in the 11th round by the Kansas City Royals, will travel to Surprise, Ariz., for a mini-camp before traveling to Burlington, N.C., to join the Royals.

Drew Robertson, also chosen by the Royals, will be joining McClure at the mini-camp before the pair head on to the Burlington Royals who are a member of the Appalachian League.

Tyler Burnett, a 17th round pick of the Houston Astros, will travel to Kissimmee, Fla., for a mini-camp before joining the Tri-City Valley Cats, the short season A affiliate, in Troy, N.Y.

Justin Miller will travel to Burlington, Vt., to play for the Vermont Lake Monsters. The Lake Monsters are the short season A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, who picked Miller in the 18th round.

Brentz, Burnett and Miller will all play in the New York-Penn League with their respective teams. Brentz and Miller will not have to wait long to face each other as Lowell and Vermont open the season with a three-game series at Centennial Field in Burlington, Vt., on June 18.

Blake McDade and Kenneth Roberts, who were each chosen by the Colorado Rockies will travel to Casper, Wyo., to play for the Casper Ghosts. The Casper Ghosts are a member of the Pioneer League and are familiar with Blue Raider players as both Nathan Hines and Coty Woods began their professional careers with the team last season.

GoBlueRaiders.com will have updates on these former student-athletes as well as the others playing professionally. For a complete list of former Blue Raiders playing professionally visit the baseball page at GoBlueRaiders.com.

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