Tyler Colvin Taken in First Round of Major League Draft by Cubs

Tyler Colvin Taken in First Round of Major League Draft by Cubs

June 6, 2006

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Clemson starting leftfielder Tyler Colvin was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. The native of North Augusta, SC was the 13th selection of the entire draft, the third non-pitcher from college baseball, and the second outfielder taken. Drew Stubbs of Texas (eighth pick to Cincinnati) was the only college outfielder taken ahead of Colvin.

Colvin was a Second-Team All-ACC pick and made the All-Tournament teams at both the ACC Tournament and Clemson Regional. He has helped Clemson to a 50-14 record and a berth in the Clemson Super Regional of the NCAA Tournament. His Tigers begin play on Friday against Oral Roberts at Clemson’s Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers are the #1 seed in the entire tournament.

Colvin leads the Tigers in batting average (.359), hits (93), doubles (22), total bases (161), and stolen bases (23). He is on pace to join Khalil Greene (2002) as the first Tigers to lead the team in total bases and stolen bases in the same year since 1992. He enters the NCAA Ttournament with a 23-game hitting streak, the fifth-longest in Clemson history and the longest since Khalil Greene had a 34-game streak in 2002.

Colvin has something else in common with Greene, and that is his draft position. Greene, currently the starting shortstop with the San Diego Padres, was the #13 selection of the entire draft in June of 2002. In fact, Colvin is the fourth different Tiger taken with the #13 selection of the Major League Draft. Mike Paradis, a pitcher on Clemson’s 1999 team, was the #13 selection in the first round by the Baltimore Orioles, and Bill Spiers was the #13 selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1987. Both Colvin and Greene were both undrafted out of high school as well.

Overall, Colvin’s #13 selection ties for the third-highest draft pick in Clemson baseball history. Kris Benson was the #1 pick of the draft in 1996 by the Pittsburgh Pirates, while teammate and fellow pitcher Billy Koch was the #4 selection that year (Toronto Blue Jays).

Colvin’s selection gives Clemson a first-round draft choice in both football and baseball this year, the first time that has happened since 1999. Former Tiger cornerback Tye Hill was the #15 selection of the NFL Draft by the Saint Louis Rams in April. The last time Clemson had a first-round selection in both football and baseball in the same year was in 1999 when Antwan Edwards was a first-round selection in football (Green Bay) and Paradis was chosen in baseball by Baltimore.

Clemson, Southern California, and Texas were the only schools to have a first-round draft selection in football and baseball this year. If Clemson basketball center Akin Akingbala is taken in the first round of the NBA Draft, in June it would give Clemson a first-round selection in all three major sports in the same year for just the second time in history. The only previous instance took place in 1987, when Terrance Flagler (football), Bill Spiers (baseball), and Horace Grant (basketball) were all first-round selections in the same year.

Colvin is the first Clemson player drafted by the Chicago Cubs since Zane Green was a 44th-round pick in 2004. Only two former Tigers have played in a Major League game for the Cubs, including Kurt Seibert in 1979 and Norm McMillan in 1928,29.

Clemson’s Highest Draft Picks by MLB Year Player Team Selection 1996 Kris Benson Pittsburgh Pirates 1 1996 Billy Koch Toronto Bluejays 4 2006 Tyler Colvin Chicago Cubs 13 2002 Khalil Greene San Diego Padres 13 1987 Bill Spiers Milwaukee Brewers 13 1999 Mike Paradis Baltimore Orioles 13 1979 Mike Sullivan Cincinnati Reds 22 1995 David Miller Cleveland Indians 23


Bio Below ___________

#21 Tyler Colvin OF/1B * L-L * 6-3 * 190 * Jr. * 2VL North Augusta, SC * North Augusta High School

Junior outfielder who has a “sweet” swing and is a five-tool player…has great athletic ability, including good speed…has added strength since his freshman and sophomore seasons…never played outfield until arriving at Clemson, but has made many outstanding running catches and covers a lot of ground…a career .315 hitter with 54 doubles, seven triples, 19 homers, 137 RBIs, and 39 stolen bases in 181 games (160 starts) over three seasons…a career .322 hitter with 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts in 82 ACC regular-season games.

2006: Second-Team All-ACC selection…second-team All-ACC by…hitting .359 with 59 runs scored, 93 hits, 22 doubles, five triples, 12 homers, 65 RBIs, a .622 slugging percentage, a .424 on-base percentage, and 23 stolen bases in 27 attempts in starting all 64 games in left field…one of only three Tigers to start every game…leads the team in batting average, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, and stolen bases…reached base in 10 straight plate appearances and had eight hits in a row over the last three games of the regular season and the first ACC Tournament game…riding a 23-game hitting streak, the longest by a Tiger in 2006 and the fifth-longest in school history; he is hitting .436 with seven doubles, two triples, five homers, 32 RBIs, a .693 slugging percentage, a .482 on-base percentage, and 10 steals in 11 attempts in leading the Tigers to a 22-1 record during the streak…hit .358 with 10 doubles, three triples, six homers, 33 RBIs, and 11 steals in 11 attempts in 30 ACC regular-season starts…hitting .415 against lefthanders, best on the team by 58 points…hitting .391 with runners in scoring position and .409 with two outs, both team-bests…has a team-high 34 two-out RBIs among his 65 total RBIs…hitting .364 at home and a team-best .383 at night…has a team-high 26 multi-hit games, including 11 games with at least three hits, and 16 multi-RBI games…one of 64 players named to the Dick Howser Trophy Watch List in April…named ACC Tournament MVP along with earning All-ACC Tournament honors after going 10-for-24 (.417) with a double, five RBIs, and three stolen bases in five games…named to the Clemson Regional All-Tournament team after going 4-for-12 with five runs scored, a double, two RBIs, and two steals in three games…rated as the 170th-best prospect for the 2006 draft by Baseball America…hit two solo homers in the first game of a doubleheader against James Madison on Feb. 17…hit a solo homer in the second game of a doubleheader against James Madison on Feb. 17; he hit three home runs in one day against the Dukes…went 3-for-4 wtih a double in the first game of a doubleheader against Mercer on Feb. 26…went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer at Virginia on Mar. 19…went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, two RBIs, and a stolen base against #12 N.C. State on Mar. 26…named ACC Player-of-the-Week for the week of Mar. 20-26; he went 7-for-17 (.412) with four doubles, a triple, five RBIs, and three stolen bases in five games (two against Elon and three against #12 N.C. State)…went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer at #19 Georgia on Mar. 28…went 2-for-4 with a double, three runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base at #11 Miami (FL) on Apr. 2…went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI at #1 South Carolina on Apr. 5…went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, a double, and a three-run homer at Western Carolina on Apr. 11…hit a two-run triple against #7 South Carolina on Apr. 12…went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs against Wofford on Apr. 26…went 2-for-2 with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning that put the Tigers ahead for good against Virginia Tech on Apr. 29…went for 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBIs in the second game of a doubleheader at Duke on May 8…hit a solo home run at Duke on May 9…hit a walkoff, run-scoring single to lift the Tigers to a 4-3 win in the 10th inning against #13 Florida State on May 13…went 5-for-7 with two homers, a double, 12 total bases, three runs scored, and eight RBIs against #22 Wake Forest on May 18…went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer, four RBIs, and a stolen base against #22 Wake Forest on May 19…went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBIs, two walks, and two stolen bases; he went 11-for-13 (.846) with six runs scored, one double, three homers, 14 RBIs, two walks, and three steals in the series; he had seven straight hits in the series and reached base in nine straight plate appearances at one point…named one of four national players-of-the-week by Collegiate Baseball and ACC Player-of-the-Week after going 12-for-17 (.706) with three homers, 14 RBIs, and three stolen bases in four games against top-25 ranked teams from May 16-20…went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and two stolen bases in the first game of a doubleheader against #7 Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament on May 27…went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and a stolen base against #25 N.C. State in the ACC Tournament on May 28.

2005: Hit .283 with 22 doubles, five homers, and 53 RBIs in 65 starts (63 in left field and two at first base) as the predominant cleanup batter (49 starts at that spot)…hit 18 of his doubles in the last 45 games…hit safely in 32 of the last 40 games, including a 19-game hitting streak (where he was 31-for-78 (.397)) in April…hit .333 against lefties, .312 with runners on base, and .333 with runners in scoring position…hit a team-best .567 (17-for-30) in the seventh inning…had 18 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBI games…had a team-high 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts…had six outfield assists…had the game-winning RBI on a fielder’s choice in the ninth inning against #18 California-Irvine on Feb. 26…went 5-for-5 with a double and stolen base at Auburn on Mar. 4…went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored at Auburn on Mar. 6; he went 8-for-12 in the three-game series…went 3-for-4 with an RBI at #4 South Carolina on Mar. 13…had the game-winning double in the seventh inning in a 1-0 win at Old Dominion on Mar. 22…hit a two-run homer at Old Dominion on Mar. 23…hit two two-run doubles against #25 Coastal Carolina on Mar. 29…went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases against Duke on Apr. 9…hit a double, homer, and drove in three runs at Western Carolina on Apr. 12…had two hits, including a solo homer, against #4 South Carolina on Apr. 13…went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and the game-tying RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning against Virginia on Apr. 16…went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and an inside-the-park home run at #8 South Carolina on Apr. 20; he received the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson’s MVP in the four-game series against South Carolina by going 7-for-18 (.389) with a double, two homers, and four RBIs…went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base at N.C. State on Apr. 23…went 4-for-5 with a Clemson-record-tying three doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs, including the go-ahead, RBI double in the seventh inning and game-tying, RBI double in the ninth inning; it was the 13th time in school history that a Tiger hit three doubles in a game, but the second time he accomplished the feat; he joined Khalil Greene (who did it three times) as the only Tigers in history to have multiple three-double games…saw hit 19-game hitting streak come to an end against #6 Georgia Tech on May 1; he lined out twice to the outfield and hit a hard groundout right at the second baseman in his last at-bat…drove in three runs at Virginia Tech on May 9…went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs at Wake Forest on May 15…hit a go-ahead three-run homer against #4 Miami (FL) on May 21…hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh inning against North Carolina A&T in the Clemson Regional on Jun. 3.

2004: Batted .289 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 52 games (31 starts)…hit 10 doubles in just 128 at-bats and had four steals…batted .345 in ACC regular-season games, second-best on the team behind fellow freshman Andy D’Alessio (.371)…hit .359 with runners on base…hit .300 as a starter and a team-best .364 in day games…started three games at first base, 24 in left field, and four in right field…one of just two Tigers with at least two four-hit games…led the team in advancing baserunners; he did so 57.3 percent of the time…hit a team-tying-best .375 against top-25 ranked teams…batted eighth in the lineup a team-high 17 times; Clemson was 14-3 in those 17 starts…was 2-for-4 with two walks and six RBIs with the bases loaded…Clemson was 20-4 when he had at least one hit…came off the bench and went 2-for-3 with three RBIs against Elon on Mar. 23…batting #2 in the lineup for the first time, he went 2-for-4 against Wake Forest on Mar. 26…went 3-for-3 with an RBI against Maryland on Apr. 3…went 2-for-4 with a run scored at #6 South Carolina on Apr. 14…had three RBIs, including two in a crucial stage of the game on a single up the middle, against The Citadel on Apr. 20…tied a school record with three doubles against #24 Florida State on May 3; he also went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBIs, and two stolen bases…went 4-for-4 with a double and his first career home run at #15 Georgia Tech on May 15…hit a two-run home run at Duke on May 20…hit a pinch-hit, run-scoring double against N.C. State in the ACC Tournament on May 28…played for Florence in the Coastal Plain League in the summer, where he hit .179 in 29 games (26 starts).

BEFORE CLEMSON: All-state and all-region selection as a senior at North Augusta High…rated as the #1 player in South Carolina by the High School Sports Report…Aiken Standard Player-of-the-Year as a junior…earned Augusta Chronicle All-Area honors as a junior…won the pitching award as a junior…high school team placed second in the region with a 21-8 record and advanced to the fourth round of the upperstate playoffs…lettered three times in baseball at North Augusta High School…coached by Drew Hummel.

PERSONAL: Majoring is management…pronounced COHL-vihn…born Tyler Eugene Colvin on Sept. 5, 1985 in Augusta, GA.

Colvin's Overall StatsYear  AVG     G-GS    AB      R       H       2B      3B      HR      RBI     TB      BB      HBP     SF      OB%     SB2004  .289    52-31   128     21      37      10      0       2       19      53      11      1       0       .350    4-52005 .283    65-65   258     51      73      22      2       5       53      114     14      3       4       .323    12-152006       .359    64-64   259     59      93      22      5       12      65      161     27      3       1       .424    23-27Total      .315    181-160 645     131     203     54      7       19      137     328     52      7       5       .370    39-47

Colvin’s ACC Regular-Season Stats Year AVG G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB HBP SF OB% SB 2004 .345 22-15 58 9 20 6 0 2 7 32 3 0 0 .377 3-4 2005 .278 30-30 126 25 35 11 0 1 29 49 2 3 3 .299 6-6 2006 .358 30-30 123 28 44 10 3 6 33 78 13 1 1 .420 11-11 Total .322 82-75 307 62 99 27 3 9 69 159 18 4 4 .363 20-21

Colvin’s ACC Tournament Stats Year AVG G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB HBP SF OB% SB 2004 .333 4-3 12 1 4 1 0 0 2 5 2 0 0 .429 0-0 2005 .133 4-4 15 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 .176 0-0 2006 .417 5-5 24 3 10 1 0 0 5 11 2 0 0 .462 3-3 Total .314 13-12 51 5 16 3 0 0 8 19 5 0 1 .368 3-3

Colvin’s NCAA Tournament Stats Year AVG G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB HBP SF OB% SB 2004 .000 2-1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0-0 2005 .083 6-6 24 2 2 0 1 0 3 4 3 0 0 .185 0-0 2006 .333 3-3 12 5 4 1 0 0 2 5 1 0 0 .385 2-3 Total .150 11-10 40 7 6 1 1 0 5 9 4 0 0 .227 2-3