Meiners becomes third Patriot selected in 2010 MLB Draft

(Courtesy: FMU)
(Courtesy: FMU)

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University:

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University senior left-handed pitcher Jeremiah Meiners was selected by the Houston Astros in the 40th round of Major League Baseball's 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Wednesday.

Meiners was taken as the eighth pick in the 40th round which makes him the number 1,203 pick overall.  He joins two teammates who were selected on Tuesday:  shortstop and right-handed pitcher Barrett Kleinknecht and southpaw Josh Edgin.  This is the first time FMU has had three players taken in one draft.

A total of 1,525 players were taken in the 50-round draft, including seven Peach Belt Conference products.

Meiners, a native of Silver Spring, MD, was 6-2 this past season with a 5.37 earned run average. He appeared in 15 games, making 10 starts, and recorded 44 strikeouts in 52 innings.

In his first season at FMU (2009), he also posted a 6-2 mark with a 4.15 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 65 innings.

Meiners is the 11th Patriot player to be drafted over the past nine years.