Barrett Kleinknecht selected in 12th round of MLB Draft

(Courtesy: FMU)
(Courtesy: FMU)

From Francis Marion University: 

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University senior shortstop and right-handed pitcher Barrett Kleinknecht was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 12th round of Major League Baseball's 2010 Draft.

Kleinknecht was selected as the 19th pick in the 12th round, 374th overall.

Kleinknecht is a native of Florence and led FMU with a .371 average and was the team-leader in runs scored (55), hits (79), doubles (19), homers (13), runs batted in (46), and slugging percentage (.662).  He also shared the team lead in stolen bases (10-of-12).  He compiled 24 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBIs games, while reaching base safely in 48 of 53 games.

He ended the season with an 11 game-hitting streak, his second double-digit streak of the year, and he batted 11-for-20 in post-season play.

On the pitching mound, he posted a 6-1 record with a 1.74 earned run average, while holding opponents to a .165 batting average.

As a senior, Kleinknecht earned All-American honors.  He picked up All-Peach Belt Conference recognition and various All-Region awards each of his two seasons at Francis Marion.

Kleinknecht is the ninth FMU player and the highest picked player to be drafted over the past nine years.