June 8, 2013
Judge Picked in MLB Draft's First Round by Yankees
Linehan, Wynns Picked on Day Two of MLB Draft
By Stephen Trembley
SECAUCUS, N.J. --- Fresno State junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Stirewalt and senior catcher/first baseman Trent Garrison were chosen on the third day of the 2013 Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Stirewalt, a native of San Bernardino, Calif., was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the 21st Round as the No. 620 overall selection. He had walked-on to the Bulldogs' baseball team the past two seasons after originally playing quarterback for the Fresno State football team as a freshman.
"I'm pumped and very excited to go out and start my pro career and play baseball," Stirewalt said Saturday afternoon.
Stirewalt made 27 appearances and pitched 30.1 innings for the Bulldogs in his two seasons on the baseball team. He struck out 30 batters and registered a save as a junior.
The selection of Garrison by the New York Yankees in the 28th Round with the No. 854 overall pick reunites the twin battery of Trent and Taylor Garrison, who also played together at Fresno State. Trent Garrison is the second Bulldog to be taken by the Yankees' organization during the three-day draft, as Fresno State junior outfielder Aaron Judge went in the first round to New York with the No. 32 overall selection.
"It's a dream come true for me, and to be drafted by such an awesome organization like the Yankees is overwhelming," Trent Garrison said. "I'm excited to be playing with my brother again! We have been on the same team our whole lives to continue is unbelievable. I can't thank all of my coaches and teammates, fans, family and wife throughout my career as a Bulldog for all the support I have been given. I will never forget my time at Fresno State as a Bulldog."
Garrison posted a .280 batting average in his redshirt senior season in 2013 and pounded out 54 hits, including 10 doubles, 26 RBI and scored 18 runs primarily as a first baseman. He also played catcher, which was his main position early in his Fresno State career. Garrison, a native of Murrieta, Calif., earned second-team all-conference honors in 2012 and previously was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 50th Round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
Stirewalt and Garrison are the fourth and fifth Bulldogs, respectively, to be drafted this week.
A total of 55 players under head coach Mike Batesole's tutelage have now been chosen to continue their professional careers by way of the annual draft.
Fresno State signee Connor Brogdon (Liberty HS) became the Bulldogs' third recruit that signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Fresno State in November 2012 to be drafted by a Major League Baseball organization during the three-day draft.
Brogdon, a 6-5 right-handed pitcher out of Madera, Calif., was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 40th Round with the No. 1,213 overall pick - joining fellow Bulldog signees Jordan Paroubeck (San Diego Padres) and Carlos Salazar (Atlanta Braves) with an option to play professional baseball.
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)
Tyler Stirewalt (21st Round, No. 620 Pick, Minnesota Twins)
Trent Garrison (28th Round, No. 854 Pick, New York Yankees)
Connor Brogdon (40th Round, No. 1213 Pick, Atlanta Braves) - Signed NLI in November 2012
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