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Nine Georgia Tech players drafted
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Georgia Tech

Players drafted

Round    Pick        Name               Team

1.     (11) Deck McGuire                 Toronto

2      (79) Derek Dietrich                Tampa Bay

6    (176) Cole Leonida              Washington

9    (267) Brandon Cumpton        Pittsburgh

9    (293) Tony Plagman                   Detroit

14  (363) Andrew Robinson           Houston

18 (504) Thomas Nichols        LA Angels

18 (540) Chase Burnette        Cleveland

18 (565) Kevin Jacob               New York

19 (583) Jeff Rowland                Detroit

ATLANTA – Nine members of Georgia Tech’s baseball team, along with four of the Yellow Jackets signees, were selected on the second day of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

After pitcher Deck McGuire was taken 11th overall on Monday by the Toronto Blue Jays, Georgia Tech currently has 10 total selections in this year’s draft, tying the 2004 and 2007 squads for the school record. Nine different organizations have drafted the 10 Yellow Jackets players, with the final day of selections coming today.

Juniors Derek Dietrich, Cole Leonida and Brandon Cumpton, seniors Tony Plagman and Andrew Robinson, and juniors Thomas Nichols, Buford graduate Chase Burnette, Kevin Jacob and Jeff Rowland were all drafted on the second day of the 2010 draft in listed order.

Georgia Tech signees Matthew Grimes, Alexander Lavisky, DeAndre Smelter and Daniel Palka were also taken on day two of this year’s draft.

Dietrich, a shortstop, was the first Jacket drafted on the day, as the Tampa Bay Rays drafted him in the second round with the 79th overall pick. The Parma, Ohio native concluded his junior season hitting a .350 clip, with 17 home runs and 66 RBI.

He earned All-ACC honors for the third time in his career after being named to the team in 2010.

He joins McGuire to give the Jackets two top-100 picks.

Junior catcher Cole Leonida was selected by the Washington Nationals four rounds later, with the 176th overall pick (6th round). Leonida batted .296 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI in his first season as the full-time catcher for the Jackets.

A pair of Georgia Tech players went in the ninth round, as the Pittsburgh Pirates selected junior pitcher Brandon Cumpton at pick No. 267, and the Detroit Tigers drafted senior Tony Plagman at 283.

Cumpton posted a 9-3 record with a 5.50 ERA in his third season, recording 53 strikeouts in 73 2/3 innings. He is Tech’s second weekend starter taken in the 2010 draft.

Plagman ended his senior season with a team-high 21 home runs and 78 RBI, while hitting .360 on the year. He is one of just 12 players in school history to eclipse the 20 home run mark in a single season, and concludes his career ranked among Tech’s career top-10 in hits (seventh, 287), runs scored (seventh, 213), doubles (seventh, 56), home runs (third, 55), RBI (219, sixth) and total bases (second, 513). He was named third-team All-America by Louisville Slugger, and a first-team All-ACC honoree in 2010.

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