Birmingham-Southern's Leachman Selected In Major League Baseball Draft

Birmingham-Southern's Leachman Selected In Major League Baseball Draft

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Birmingham-Southern College senior outfielder Drew Leachman became the latest Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) student-athlete selected in the Major League Baseball Draft when he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.

Leachman was drafted in the 37th round as the 1,138th overall selection. He capped off a stellar senior season in which he was an All-SCAC first-team honoree and the 2011 SCAC Player of the Year. He hit .451 with four home runs and 44 RBI's to go along with 60 runs scored.

He helped guide Birmingham-Southern to a second consecutive 30-win season as the Panthers finished the season 30-9 overall.

In 155 career games (153 of them starts), Leachman hit .412 with 13 home runs, 157 RBI's, 211 runs, 252 hits, 56 doubles and 10 triples. He also tallied a .601 career slugging percentage.

Leachman becomes the SCAC's 10th MLB draft pick since 1987 and the first SCAC student-athlete drafted since Trinity University's Evan Bronson (29th round - Washington) and Oglethorpe University's Daniel Sarisky (40th round - Houston) were chosen in the 2009 draft.


SCAC Major Leaue Baseball Draft Picks (Since 1987) 
Player School Round Team Year
Peter Austin Millsaps 40th (#1,202 overall) Pittsburgh 1997
Matt Blanton Hendrix 23rd (#695 overall) St. Louis 2003
Jason Armstrong Trinity (Texas) 25th (#747 overall) Toronto 2004
Garner Wetzel Millsaps 10th (#297 overall) Colorado 2005
Garner Wetzel Millsaps 18th (#543 overall) San Diego 2006
Nick Vera Trinity (Texas) 32nd (#981 overall) St. Louis 2007
Evan Bronson Trinity (Texas) 36th (#1,088 overall) Milwaukee 2008
Evan Bronson Trinity (Texas) 29th (#862 overall) Washington 2009
Daniel Sarisky Oglethorpe 40th (#1,211 overall) Houston 2009
Drew Leachman Birmingham-Southern 37th (#1,138 overall) Minnesota 2011