FLORENCE, S.C. – 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 First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday (June 8), while senior southpaw Josh Edgin was chosen by the New York Mets in the 30th round.
Kleinknecht was selected as the 19th pick in the 12th round (No. 374 overall). He was the first Peach Belt Conference player selected in this year’s draft, and his selection position is the highest for a Patriot in the past 10 drafts. Edgin was the seventh selection in the 30th round (No. 902). Following his junior campaign, Edgin was drafted by the Braves in the 50th round of the 2009 draft, but chose to return to Francis Marion for his senior season.
Tuesday’s selections concluded with the 30th round. Rounds 31-50 will be selected on Wednesday.
Kleinknecht, a native of Florence, 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. Nationally, he was ranked as the 55th toughest player to strike out with only 14 punchouts in 248 plate appearances and was 13th in Division II with eight sacrifice flies. He compiled a .959 fielding percentage, was fifth in the Peach Belt Conference in fielding assists, and had a hand in 24 double plays this season.
The 6-0, 200-pound infielder concluded 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-America honors. He picked up All-Peach Belt Conference recognition, and various All-Region awards each of his two seasons at Francis Marion, including two regional Gold Glove awards. He appeared in 107 career games and registered 105 runs scored, 35 doubles, 22 homers, 110 RBIs, and a .372 average.
Edgin, a native of Three Springs, Pa., was 6-4 this past season with a 4.07 earned run average. The 6-2, 225-pound left-hander made 13 starts with two complete games and 65 strikeouts in 84 innings – all team highs.
In his first season at FMU (2009), he posted a 4-2 mark with a 4.04 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 69 innings.
Francis Marion finished its 2010 campaign 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.
The pair are the ninth and 10th Patriot players to be drafted over the past nine years, joining 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.