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Former FMU southpaw promoted to Reds’ AAA affiliate

FLORENCE, S.C. – Former Francis Marion University left-handed pitcher Lee Tabor was promoted on Saturday (Aug. 1) to the Cincinnati Reds’ AAA affiliate in Louisville. The Manning native becomes the first FMU baseball player to reach the AAA level.

On Sunday (Aug. 2), he made his Louisville debut and earned the win in the Bats’ 8-5 victory over the Charlotte Knights.

Tabor came out of the bullpen and pitched 3.1 innings, allowing three hits and two runs, while striking out two.

Louisville holds a nine-game lead in the International League’s West Division with a 61-47 mark.

Prior to his promotion, Tabor had compiled a 1-2 record in 11 games this season combined at the A and AA levels.

As a senior at Francis Marion in 2006, he posted an 8-5 record with a 3.19 earned run average. He completed eight of 16 starts with one shutout, and ranked among the NCAA Division II leaders in strikeouts with 118 in 115.2 innings. He helped lead the Patriots to their most successful season ever with a 41-18 record, earning a No. 6 national ranking, and advancing to the Division II College World Series.

An honorable mention All-American in 2005, he compiled an 18-10 career mark with a 2.84 ERA in three seasons at FMU. He fanned 230 batters in 243.2 innings.

Tabor was drafted by the Reds in the 30th round (No. 894 overall) of the 2006 draft. He is one of five former Patriots currently playing professional baseball.

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Last Published: September 1, 2009 2:38 PM
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