Josh McElwee selected by Texas Rangers in 20th round of MLB Draft


Josh McElwee selected by Texas Rangers in 20th round of MLB Draft
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas - Newberry College pitcher Josh McElwee has been selected in the 20th round of the 2012 Major League Basebal First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers. McElwee is the 636th overall pick of the 40-round draft and the 21st Division II player selected in the draft.

McElwee was named honorable mention all-Southeast Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and graduated cum laude from Newberry earlier this month with a bachelor of science in business administration. He was a first team all-South Atlantic Conference selection and finished his senior season with a 5-4 record and a 3.99 earned run average, striking out 97 batrters in 79.0 innings pitched. He was twice named the SAC Pitcher of the Week and ranked eighth nationally in strikeouts per nine innings and 16th in the nation in strikeouts. He also hit .273 with a homerun and 20 RBIs as an infielder.

He was the first South Atlantic Conference player picked in this year's draft and third from the Southeast Region of Division II.

McElwee was only the fourth first team all-SAC selection for Newberry since joining the league in 1997. He is Newberry's all-time strikeout leader with 318 puchouts. In his career he notched a 17-12 record with one save, four complete games and a 3.86 earned run average. Opposing batters only hit .257 against him in 263.1 innings over 51 appearances.

He is the 15th Newberry player picked in the MLB Draft since Johnny Harbin was picked in the first round of the 1972 Draft by the Dodgers. He is the second Newberry player drafted into the Rangers organization and the first since Don Hager in 1979.

NEWBERRY COLLEGE ALL-TIME
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT PICKS

Year

Name

Pos

Rd

Pick

Team

2012

Josh McElwee

P

20

636

Rangers

2009

Thomas Berryhill

P

5

148

Braves

2009

Casio Grider

SS

14

427

Dodgers

2005

Russell Haltiwanger

P

29

872

Reds

1999

Jon Berry

P

9

284

Dodgers

1995

Clyde Livingston

C

44

1221

Phillies

1989

Kelly Ahrens

C

20

516

Giants

1985

Ted Miller

C

31

773

Twins

1982

Jeff Davis

SS

17

440

Reds

1982

Joel Weatherford

OF

20

519

Brewers

1980

Don McKenzie

P

12

292

Mariners

1979

Don Hager

P

16

407

Rangers

1978

Tim Cook

P

5

112

Brewers

1977

Jimmy Hickman

OF

35

748

Cardinals

1972

John Harbin

SS

1

17

Dodgers