Four Bulldogs Selected on Second Day of Major League Baseball Draft
June 8, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - For the first time in the history of the Major League Baseball draft, ESPN2 televised the event on Thursday, but it was Friday that caught the eye of Fresno State as four Bulldogs were drafted, adding to the remarkable list of players drafted under head coach Mike Batesole.
Junior outfielder Brian Lapin was the first Bulldog drafted, going in the 18th round (552 overall). Lapin was selected by the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies went after another Bulldog in the 24th round, taking senior left hander Brandon Miller with the 732nd overall pick.
Susdorf led the Bulldogs offensively in several categories in 2007. The junior outfielder was the only Fresno State player to start all 67 games and hit .340. Susdorf led the team with 12 home runs and 68 RBI.
Lapin, a junior outfielder, was right behind Susdorf offensively. Lapin hit .328 with 10 home runs 61 RBI and 17 doubles. Lewis, a junior, who split time in the outfield and as the designated hitter, batted .293 with seven home runs, 40 RBI and 16 doubles.
Miller was the only Bulldog pitcher selected. The senior left hander went 2-3, mostly working out of the bullpen, earning three starts on the year. Miller had a 5.50 earned run average with 22 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched.
The Major League Baseball draft features 50 rounds, along with a compensation round after the first round. Former Bulldog Beau Mills was selected in the first round by the Cleveland Indians, going as the 13th overall player selected.
Under Batesole's watch, the Bulldogs have been tremendous in developing talent and having players drafted into the major leagues. In Batesole's five years as head coach, the Bulldogs have had 21 players drafted into the majors, including two first round draft picks and nine players selected within the first 10 rounds.