3 Diamond Dogs Drafted in MLB Draft

Bulldog Pitching staff decimated as Reeves, Hunter & Mason are drafted

James_Reevess

Citadel starting pitcher James Reeves was selected by the New York Yankees in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Summerville, South Carolina, native was taken in the 10th round as the 303rd overall pick, and is the 32nd draft pick to be coached by Fred Jordan at The Citadel.

Reeves pitched in 68 games for the Bulldogs, picking up 20 wins over his 33 career starts. Throughout his 239.0 innings pitched, he struck out 227 opponents, and had a 3.88 earned-run average. In 2015, the senior was named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-Southern Conference, and was recognized nationally as a Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-American. He claimed the SoCon and Louisville Slugger Player of the Week titles twice in the season; first on Feb. 16 and again on April 6 for his no-hitter against Mercer.

Reeves made 15 starts over the season, striking out 115 batters over his 95.0 innings pitched to earn a 3.69 ERA. During the 2014 season, Reeves pitched in seven games and finished with a 3.40 ERA, striking out 36 batters in 39.2 innings. As a sophomore in 2013, Reeves appeared in 24 games and tossed 51.2 innings for the Bulldogs, striking out 42 batters while holding an ERA of 4.01.

In his first season with The Citadel, Reeves made 22 appearances and posted an ERA of 4.44 over his 53.3 innings. He picked up wins in his first three appearance for the Bulldogs and struck out 34 batters over the 2012 season

Skylar_Hunter

The Citadel’s closer Skylar Hunter was selected in the MLB Draft on Wednesday going in the 12th round to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Hanahan native was taken with the 354th overall selection. Hunter told Live 5 Sports on Wednesday that he intends to forgo his senior year and sign with the Phillies.

Hunter appeared in 95 games during his career at The Citadel, recording 147 strikeouts with an earned-run average of 3.49 over 131.1 innings. This season, Hunter broke the program and Southern Conference records for career saves with 41.

As a junior in 2015, Hunter tossed 53.0 innings for the Bulldogs, earning 13 saves and striking out 59 opponents with an ERA of 3.74. During his 2014 season, Hunter posted an impressive 1.67 ERA over his 43.0 innings pitched, allowing just eight runs while striking out 44. He earned 15 saves, tying The Citadel record for saves in a season. In 2013, Hunter was a second-team All-Southern Conference performer and was also named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.

Austin_Mason

Citadel starting pitcher Austin Mason was selected in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks . The junior right-hander was taken in the 17th round as the 496th overall pick, and is the 34th draft pick to be coached by Fred Jordan at The Citadel. A native of Greer, South Carolina, Mason finished his Citadel career with a 5.28 earned-run average over 165.1 innings pitched. He started in 32 of his 53 appearances, striking out 126 opponents.

In the 2015 season, Mason posted a 4.19 ERA through 53.2 innings of work and struck out 53 batters over his 25 appearances. As a sophomore, Mason returned from offseason shoulder surgery to play in 14 games of the 2014 season. He earned an ERA of 5.02 over 57.1, innings, striking out 39 opponents.

In the 2013 season, Mason appeared in 14 games with 13 starts, contributing to his 6.63 ERA. Over 54.1 innings on the mound, the freshman struck out 34 batters.

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