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Three Georgia baseball players sign pro deals
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University of Georgia outfielder Chase Davidson, along with pitchers Cecil Tanner and Ben Cornwell have signed professional baseball contracts and decided to leave school.

Davidson, a 41st round pick of the Houston Astros, hit .278 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs this season. He made 38 starts and appeared in 51 games this past season in helping the Bulldogs go 33-32.

Tanner, who didn't register a decision with a 2.45 ERA in seven appearances, was a 23rd round pick of the Oakland A's. Cornwell, who went 1-3 with a 5.68 ERA, signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners.

Tanner pitched just 3 1/3 innings this season with three strikeouts and 10 walks.

In his Bulldogs career, he made 57 appearances with five starts, going 4-3 with a 7.31 ERA. He pitched 64 innings and had 72 strikeouts and 81 walks.

Tanner signed with the A's on Sunday and will report to their Arizona League affiliate in Phoenix this week. In 2008, Tanner was drafted by Atlanta after his senior year at Ware County.

Cornwell spent two seasons with the Bulldogs after transferring from Georgia Perimeter College following his first year at Virginia Tech.

He made 28 career appearances for the Bulldogs with seven starts, going 2-4 with an 8.54 ERA in 45 1/3 innings.


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