FLORENCE, S.C. – 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 (June 9).
Meiners, 6-0 195-pounds, was taken as the eighth pick in the 40th round (No. 1203 overall). He joins two teammates who were selected on Tuesday: shortstop and right-handed pitcher Barrett Kleinknecht by the Atlanta Braves in the 12th round (pick No. 374) and southpaw Josh Edgin by the New York Mets in the 30th round (pick No. 902). 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.
Francis Marion ended the 2010 season with a 40-14 mark and a No. 10 national ranking after making its second straight appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The 40 victories is the second-highest win total in team history.
Meiners is the 11th Patriot player to be drafted over the past nine years, joining Kleinknecht (Braves in 12th round) and Edgin (Mets in 30th round); Edgin (selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 50th round – No. 1498) in 2009; senior center fielder Justin Greene, selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round (No. 600), and junior right-handed pitcher David Walters, picked by the Atlanta Braves in the 47th round (No. 1412) of the 2008 draft; right-handed pitcher Dylan Owen, chosen by the New York Mets in the 20th round (No. 633 overall) of the 2007 draft; left-handed pitcher Lee Tabor, taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 30th round (No. 894 overall) of the 2006 draft; center fielder Quentin Davis, chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round of the 2005 draft; right-handed pitcher Erin Jones, chosen in the 31st round of the 2004 draft by the New York Mets; and left-handed pitcher Hal Chafey, chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20th round of the 2002 draft.