Samford junior pitcher and designated hitter C.K. Irby was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball Draft Friday afternoon.
Irby is the second Samford player to be taken so far in this year's draft. Center fielder Phillip Ervin was taken in the first round by the Cincinnati Reds Thursday evening.
Irby had the best season of his career as a junior in 2013. Irby led the team with a .383 batting average, 16 doubles and 59 RBI. Irby ranked in the top five in the Southern Conference in batting average, hits, triples and RBI.
He also had a strong season on the mound for the Bulldogs. Irby posted a 4.14 ERA, 90 strikeouts and a 7-6 record. He pitched three complete games and posted one shutout this season.
For his Samford career, Irby has a .344 batting average and has driven in 109 runs. He also has 31 doubles, eighth triples and 13 home runs in his three seasons in a Samford uniform.
As a pitcher, Irby has a career record of 17-9 with a 3.29 ERA. He also has tallied 10 saves, and has held opposing batters to just a .218 average.
COURTESY: Samford Media Relations
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