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June 10th, 2009
Four Bobcats go in baseball draft

STAFF REPORT

The second day of Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft turned up big opportunities for Texas State baseball players, four of whom heard their names called.

Two of the players, slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and toolsy catcher Ben Theriot, are juniors who could return to the Bobcats in 2010. The other two, starting pitcher Kane Holbrooks and pitcher/third baseman Lance Loftin, are seniors who have used all their eligibility at Texas State.

As expected, the first to go was Goldschmidt, who went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round as the 246th player taken overall. Goldschmidt made his junior season at Texas State count in 2009, slamming a school single-season record 18 homers, bringing his Bobcat career record up to 36 in three years.

Goldschmidt also drove in 88 runs and scored 72 while batting .354. He made third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and second team All-Academic by CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine. Goldschmidt holds a 3.87 GPA in finance.

As the Bobcats closed out their season in the NCAA Tournament 10 days ago, Goldschmidt was non-committal about his plans. Texas State’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009 is in position to finish his degree next year if he decides to remain in San Marcos for his senior season.

The Kansas City Royals called for Theriot in the ninth round. Theriot, a left-handed hitter, batted .335 in 2009 with a career best six homers. He also threw out 13 of 19 runners attempting to steal bases against him in 2009.

Holbrooks went to the Minnesota Twins in the 21st round. The senior finished the 2009 season 10-1 overall as the Bobcats’ Friday pitcher. Collegiate Baseball named him a second team All-American, while the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him to its All-American third team.

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Loftin in the 26th round as a right-handed pitcher. Though he started at third base for most of the last two seasons at Texas State, Loftin demonstrated his value as a relief pitcher in 2009, leading the Bobcats with a 3.27 ERA to go with his 3-1 record.

The draft will continue with its final 20 rounds Thursday, starting at 10:30 a.m.

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