Thursday, June 7, 2012

LSC Roundup 6-7

Dillon Drafted by Atlanta Braves - TAMK Baseball
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Texas A&M-Kingsville senior right-handed pitcher Jaden Dillon (Bridge City/Bridge City HS) had his named called on Wednesday afternoon in the 29th round of the annual Major League Baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves.

Dillon, the 899th selection, is the sixth Javelina to be drafted since the program began in 1993.  He had an outstanding season in 2012 for the Javelinas compiling an 8-3 record with a 2.56 earned run average and 87 strikeouts in 81 innings.  He was named the Lone Star Conference Pitcher of the Year after leading the team to a second place finish in the regular season.  Overall, he was first team all-LSC, first team Daktronics all-South Central Region and second team American Baseball Coaches Association all-South Central Region.

Dillon is the fifth Javelina pitcher to be drafted joining Anthony Zamarippa in 1998, Garrett Murdy in 2004, Chris White in 2006 and Sam Strickland in 2009.  Efrain Contreras remains the only position player to be drafted when the St. Louis Cardinals took him in 1994.

Current Texas Rangers relief pitcher Mike Adams remains the only former Javelina to play in the Major Leagues.

Texas A&M-Kingsville MLB Draft Picks
Efrain Contreras, 36th round (#1006), 1994, St. Louis Cardinals
Anthony Zamarippa, 12th round (#346), 1998, Chicago Cubs
Garrett Murdy, 16th round (#484), 2004, Houston Astros
Chris White, 21st round (#624), 2006, Cincinnati Reds
Sam Strickland, 25th round (#760), 2009, Toronto Blue Jays
Jaden Dillon, 29th round (#899), 2012, Atlanta Braves

For the second time in as many years Abilene Christian senior Nick Jones has been named Field Athlete of the Year by both the Lone Star Conference and the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Jones, who was a unanimous choice for the conference award, recently capped his remarkable Wildcat career by becoming the first male athlete in NCAA history (regardless of division) to win four national titles in the discus. He won the title as a freshman in 2008 and again as a sophomore in 2009 before redshirting in 2010. He returned last year and won his third title in record-setting fashion as his winning mark of 199-4 set a new meet record.

The Amarillo native also placed second in the shot put at the national meet for the second-straight year.
Earlier in the season, Jones was named the LSC's Most Outstanding Male Field Athlete of their championships after winning the shot and discus, and placing third and sixth in the hammer and javelin, respectively.

He has also been listed this year as receiving mention for The Bowerman, and was previously recognized by the USTFCCCA when the organization selected him as the NCAA DII South Central Men's Field Athlete of the Year.

Jones shattered his personal record in the discus during the regular season at the UTEP Invitational where he posted a distance of 203-3. That effort is the third-best ever recorded in the history of NCAA DII, and was tops among all collegians (regardless of division) in 2012.

Jones will next compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in both the discus and shot put in late June. The top three finishers in each event will represent the U.S. at the 2012 London Games.

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