Four members of the 2009 Texas State baseball team were selected on day two of Major League Baseball 2009 First-Year Player Draft Wednesday afternoon.
Paul Goldschmidt was selected in the 8th round (246th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Ben Theriot was called one round later by the Kansas City Royals. Pitchers Kane Holbrooks and Lance Loftin were taken in the 21st and 26th rounds, respectively. Holbrooks was selected by the Minnesota Twins, while Loftin was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Goldschmidt, a 6-4, 240, first baseman, was a two-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection, along with a two-time recipient of the SLC Hitter of the Year award. The junior set the single-season school record with 18 home runs this season and topped the career charts with 36 total from 2007 to 2009. Goldschmidt notched a team and league best 88 RBI this season, scored 72 runs and posted a .354 batting average. The Woodlands, Texas native garnered third-team All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball and CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine second-team Academic All-America honors. Goldschmidt holds a 3.87 GPA in finance and was named Texas State’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
Theriot, 6-1, 190, catcher, contributed to Texas State’s lofty offense with a .335 batting average with a career-best six home runs. Theriot was named to the 2009 SLC second team at catcher with 245 putouts, 37 assists and a .983 fielding percentage. With Theriot behind the plate, base runners were 6-for-19 in stolen base attempts.
Holbrooks, a 6-3, 220 right-handed pitcher, dominated on the hill for the Bobcats this season with a 10-1 overall record in 16 appearances. Holbrooks was named a two-time All-American this season by Collegiate Baseball (Second Team) and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (Third Team). Holbrooks posted a league second-best ERA of 3.29 and struck out 57 batters while walking just 20 on the mound. The Aledo, Texas native concludes his senior season as a First-Team selection to the All-SLC Team and the recipient of the 2009 Pitcher of the Year.
Loftin, a 6-1, 205 two-way player for Texas State was selected as a right-handed pitcher in this year’s draft. Loftin posted a 3-1 record with a team-best 3.27 ERA in 21 appearances in relief. The senior from Temple, Texas earned one save this season and struck out 34 batters to aid the Bobcats most successful winning season to date. Loftin was named to the 2008 South Central All-Region Team as well as taking second-team All-Southland honors.
The Major League Draft will conclude tomorrow afternoon with the final 20 rounds beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT on www.mlb.com/live.