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Kennesaw Has Six Current and Future Owls drafted

KENNESAW, Ga. - Four more Kennesaw State baseball players were drafted on day three of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft as Will Howard, Travis Dean and Josh Carr help make up six Owls that were chosen this year.

Will Howard was the first Owl taken on day three, as he was selected in the 22nd round, No. 672 overall by the Baltimore Orioles. Howard played in 54 games this season for the Black and Gold, starting in 53. His work in center field was a pleasure to watch as he made only one error all season, while making 120 putouts. He was also steady at the plate for the Black and Gold as he hit .297 for the year and led the team with three triples (7th A-Sun).

Next off the board for Kennesaw State, was sophomore Travis Dean who was picked in the 22nd round, No. 696 overall by the Texas Rangers. Dean appeared in six games for the Owls and finished the season with a 4-1 record. In limited action, Dean showcased his potential with a terrific outing at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. In eight innings of work, Dean allowed only one run to help lead that team to a win over Florida Gulf Coast and an appearance in the A-Sun title game.

Senior Josh Carr was selected in the 28th round, No. 874 overall by the Detroit Tigers. A hard throwing right-hander, Carr started in 13 games for the Black and Gold this season and led the conference with nine wins, winning eight consecutive starts in a row stretching over a span of two months. He pitched 89.2 innings, and finished the season with a 4.01 ERA. Opponents hit just .243 (7th A-Sun) off him, while he struck out 66 batters (13th A-Sun) on the year. Carr allowed only two homeruns to be hit off him all season, and his nine wins ranked him 19th in the NCAA. 

"We are excited for all the guys who were drafted and their chance to play professional baseball," head coach Mike Sansing said. "It is always a plus for our program to have players drafted. We work hard to help develop players and give them every opportunity to pursue their dreams of playing in the big leagues."

All four of the KSU student-athletes chosen went un-drafted out of high school and junior college. Combining to make a total of 50 players to ever be drafted, the 2012 KSU draft class produced the second most ever in the history of the Black and Gold. The class equals that of the 1999 class the included 13th round pick Jason Jones and 24th round selection Willie Harris. The 2009 class remains the top team with six players drafted including two first round picks in Chad Jenkins and Kyle Heckathorn.

Also being drafted, in the 20th round, No. 617 overall by the Miami Marlins was future Owl, Jordan Hillyer. Hilyer a 6-2, 195 pound right-handed pitcher out of Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Ga., signed a National Letter of Intent to play for KSU this fall. He posses a strong arm with a fastball that can reach the mid-90's and has a terrific slider as a secondary pitch. Hilyer, along with Alex Liquori who was drafted in the 38th round, No. 1180 are both slated to make up the 2013 incoming class of 11 newcomers. Liquori, a 6-1, 200 pound outfielder with great instincts and speed selected by the Minnesota Twins will audition for the recently vacated centerfield position.