June 7, 2013
Judge Picked in MLB Draft's First Round by Yankees
By Stephen Trembley
SECAUCUS, N.J. --- Fresno State junior left-handed pitcher Tyler Linehan and senior catcher Austin Wynns were both selected Friday by Major League Baseball teams on day two of the organization's annual amateur draft.
Linehan went in the ninth round to the Milwaukee Brewers as the No. 272 overall selection and Wynns' name was called in the tenth round when the Baltimore Orioles drafted him with the No. 309 overall pick.
Linehan and Wynns are the Bulldogs' second and third picks so far this year, joining Bulldog teammate Aaron Judge, who was drafted in the first round Thursday by the New York Yankees as the No. 32 pick.
"It was an honor to be drafted in the top ten rounds and I loved being a Bulldog," Linehan said late Friday night. "I loved the teammates that surrounded me the last three years. It was a great group of players. The fans were great and I loved having them be at every game cheering for us."
Linehan won a total of 11 games during his three-year Fresno State career and tossed 163 strikeouts over 170.2 innings of work in 46 appearances, including 28 starts, two complete games and a save. The lefty was the Bulldogs' Friday night starter for most of his sophomore season and earned a spot on the 2013 Mountain West Baseball Championship All-Tournament team as a junior.
Wynns, a former walk-on who later earned a scholarship as an all-conference honoree, provided a reliable work-horse behind the plate as the one of college baseball's best defensive catchers for the 'Dogs.
"Being drafted is a dream come true, but being a Bulldog is forever in my blood," Wynns said.
Wynns posted a career .288 batting average with 40 doubles, five home runs, two triples, and 80 RBI in 197 games. Wynns was a key part of three conference championship teams during his Bulldog career, earned all-conference tournament team honors in 2012 and provided a veteran presence for the Bulldogs' pitching arsenal. As a senior, he threw out half of the runners that tried to steal on him (23-of-46).
A total of 53 players under head coach Mike Batesole's tutelage have now been chosen to continue their professional careers by way of the annual draft.
"I learned a lot from Rousey (pitching coach) and Batesole," Linehan noted of his coaches' impact. "They taught me a lot of skills and traits that I feel will help me achieve success at the next level. It was a fun and exciting three years being a Bulldog."
Fresno State signee Carlos Salazar (Kerman HS), who signed a National Letter of Intent in November 2012 to begin playing for the Bulldogs in the 2014 season, also was drafted on Friday as the Atlanta Braves used the 102nd overall selection to draft the 6-foot, 210-pound hard-throwing right-handed pitcher.
Salazar became the second high school player that signed to play at Fresno State this season to be chosen in the first three rounds of the amateur draft with Jordan Paroubeck (Serra HS) being selected in the second round on Thursday.
Fresno State's 2013 Major League Baseball Draft Picks
Aaron Judge (1st Round, No. 32 Pick, New York Yankees)
Jordan Paroubeck (2nd Round, No. 69 Pick, San Diego Padres) - Signed NLI in November 2012
Carlos Salazar (3rd Round, No. 102 Pick, Atlanta Braves) - Signed NLI in November 2012
Tyler Linehan (9th Round, No. 272 Pick, Milwaukee Brewers)
Austin Wynns (10th Round, No. 309 Pick, Baltimore Orioles)
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