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Eight Current Tigers Taken in Major League Draft

Eight Current Tigers Taken in Major League Draft

June 5, 2002

Clemson, SC – Eight current Tigers were selected in 2002 June Major League Draft, tied for the most ever in Clemson history. The list includes five Tigers taken in the first seven rounds, including first-rounder Khalil Greene and second-rounder Michael Johnson, both picked by the San Diego Padres’ organization.

The 1980 and 1996 Tiger teams had eight players taken as well. The 1980 team was led by future Major Leaguers Mike Brown and Tim Teufel, while the 1996 team had future big leaguers Kris Benson, Billy Koch, and Ken Vining. The 1979 team saw nine Tigers either drafted or sign free agent contracts, but only seven Tigers were drafted. The 1995 team had seven players drafted as well.

Six Tigers were taken on the first day of the draft, which was Tuesday. Jarrod Schmidt and Ryan Childs were picked Wednesday. The draft lasted 50 rounds and saw 1,482 players taken. The following is a list of Clemson’s 2002 players who were taken in this year’s draft.

#       Player, Pos.    Cl.     Rd      Pick    Organization14      Khalil Greene,SS        Sr.     1       13      Padres31      Michael Johnson, 1B     *Jr.    2       54      Padres19      Jeff Baker, 3B              Jr.     4       111     Rockies18      B.J. LaMura, RHP        Jr.     5       150     White Sox21      Matt Henrie, RHP        *Jr.    7       219     Diamondbacks43      Steve Reba, RHP            Sr.     21      621     Rockies25      Jarrod Schmidt, OF      Jr.     24      705     Reds45      Ryan Childs, RHP        Jr.     33      976     Orioles