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NAIA makes huge impact at MLB Draft

By: Devon Teeple

For the second time in the last three years, Major League Baseball has selected a pitcher as the first NAIA selection.

The NAIA, the lesser known of the two collegiate organizations, has again made a definite statement at the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft with a total of 37 players drafted by 23 different clubs, according to the NAIA.

The NAIA also reported since 2008, an average of 41 student-athletes have been selected each year.

Lee University, ranked No.3 at the end of the Championships rounds, boasted the most selections with a total of five;

Myles Smith (RHP) (Boston Red Sox), Jose Samayoa (RHP) (Texas Rangers), Andy Hills (RHP) (Milwaukee Brewers), Clint Terry (LHP) (Milwaukee Brewers) and Alex Moore (RHP) (Milwaukee Brewers) (Courtesy NAIA).

Smith, was the first pitcher taken when the Red Sox selected him in the fourth round (133th overall). Lee University posted their draft write-up on their site, and did a wonderful job showcasing two of the best Lee pitchers drafted including RHP Jose Samayoa. Smith went 11-4 over 84 innings. He struck out 94 and posted a 2.67 ERA, while Samayoa went 10-1, had a 1.73 ERA, and only walked 19 while fanning 83.

Congratulations to all the draftees. It's a very special day for all of you. Best of luck in your professional careers!

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.



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