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Five HBCU players taken in Major League Baseball draft

36-Cory-JordanLed by Savannah State pitcher Kyle McGowin, five HBCU baseball players were selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball three day Draft.

McGowin, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Pitcher of the Year, was selected in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

He finished the regular season with an ERA of 1.49 in 96.1 innings pitched and a 12-1 record. He led the MEAC in strikeouts (111) and wins, and was ranked sixth nationally after the end of the regular season while leading the Tigers to their first MEAC Championship and the programs first Division I NCAA Playoff bid.

     Alcorn State shortstop Angel Rosa was also picked by the Angels. The 2013 Pre-Season SWAC Player of the Year, was selected in the 13th round with the 397th overall pick. He finished the last year with a .294 batting average and led the Braves in stolen bases (17), on base percentage (.372) recording 50 hits and 26 runs scored.

North Carolina A&T first baseman Kelvin Freeman was picked by the Chicago Cubs in the 17th round and was the 498th overall selection. Southern University pitcher Jose De Leon was picked in the 24th round with the 724th pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished with a 4-3 overall record and in the top ten in the league in ERA (3.28) and innings pitched (81.2). He led the Jaguars with 73 strikeouts including 25 strikeouts looking. Both marks were ranked second in the conference.

The final HBCU pick of the draft was Grambling State pitcher Cory Jordan was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 35th round with the 1,058th overall selection. Last year as a relief pitcher, Jordan finished with a 2-3 overall record, two saves and a 4.22 ERA. He recorded 27 strikeouts while appearing in 14 games in relief. Referenced from Journal

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