Elkerson signs with Braves
ABILENE -- Former ACU outfielder Mike Elkerson went undrafted in last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, but it didn't take long for him to find a job through free agency.
Elkerson, a first team all-America on three different post-season teams, signed a minor league free-agent contract with the Atlanta Braves on Monday and will join the club's Rookie League team in Danville, Va., later this week. The Braves will open the 2008 season on June 17 with a 7 p.m. road game against the Burlington (N.C.) Royals. The Royals are in Danville the next two nights as the two teams open the Appalachian League season with a three-game set.
Elkerson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior outfielder from San Clemente, Calif., led the Wildcats to the NCAA South Central Region Tournament and an overall record of 44-17 to finish the season. The big-hitting left fielder finished the year batting .424 with 22 doubles, three triples, 21 home runs, and 86 RBIs. In 262 at-bats, Elkerson collected 111 hits and swiped 19 stolen bases for head coach Britt Bonneau's club. His 111 hits and 202 total bases established new Lone Star Conference records.
Elkerson was named first team all-America by Daktronics, Rawlings / American Baseball Coaches' Association and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association teams. Elkerson and junior pitcher Trey Watten (who was named first team all-America designated hitter by Daktronics) are only the third and fourth ACU baseball players in program history to be voted first team all-America, joining second baseman Ronny Haring (1997) and relief pitcher Jameson Maj (2007) on the short list. Watten was drafted in the seventh round last Friday by the Milwaukee Brewers.