Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Deja Vu: 10 More Aflac All-Americans Picked in First Round of 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft

/PRNewswire / -- For the second year in a row, 10 former Aflac All-Americans were selected today in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Donavan Tate, regarded as the top high school player in this year's draft, went No. 3 to the San Diego Padres.

Aflac All-Americans have been well represented in the first round since the Aflac All-American Game's inception in 2003. Overall 62 Aflac All-American alumni have been selected in the first round, including current major leaguer Justin Upton (No. 1 overall, 2005) of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last year, Tim Beckham was the first of 10 All Americans selected when the Tampa Bay Rays made him the draft's top pick.

The annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball Game showcases 38 of the nation's top high school players in an East versus West matchup following their junior year. Aflac All-Americans are chosen by official selection partners Baseball America magazine and prep scouting service Perfect Game USA.

Aflac All-American players drafted in today's first round included:

3 - Donavan Tate, OF, Cartersville HS, Carterville, Ga. (San Diego)
6 - Zack Wheeler, RHP, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga. San Francisco)
9 - Jacob Turner, RHP, Westminster Academy, St. Charles, Mo. (Detroit)

11 - Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Ca. (Colorado)

14 - Matthew Purke, LHP, Klein HS, Spring, Texas (Texas)
21 - Jiovanni Mier, INF, Bonita HS, Pomona, Ca. (Houston)
29 - Slade Heathcott, OF, Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas (New York Yankees)
30 - LeVon Washington, INF, Buchholz HS, Gainesville, Fla. (Tampa Bay)
36 - Matt Davidson, INF, Yucaipa HS, Yucaipa, Ca. (Arizona)
39 - Kentrail Davis, OF, Tennessee (Milwaukee)

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