Three Tigers Selected on Final Day of MLB Draft
COLUMBIA -- The 2012 MLB Amateur Draft came to a conclussion on Thursday and a trio of Missouri Tigers were selected.
The Atlanta Braves, who drafted OF Blake Brown on Wednesday, also drafted shortstop Eric Garcia in the 20th round. This season he batted 271 with two home runs and 35 runs batted in. He tied for the team lead with 17 stolen bases. Garcia also earned Big 12 Tournament MVP honors while leading the Tigers to the Big 12 Championship.
A round later, the San Francisco Giants selected Tiger catcher Ben Turner in the 21st round.
Turner, the Mizzou captain, batted .284 with one home run and 28 runs batted in. He played in 59 games, starting 58. His brother Jacob is a pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization.
And then in the 27th round the Seattle Mariners drafted Tiger lefthanded pitcher Blake Holovach. The junior college transfer, Holovach quickly became Missouri's number two starter after an injury to Tiger ace Eric Anderson. Holovach had a record of seven wins and five losses. He started 14 games, including Missouri's first NCAA Tournament game, against Arizona last Friday.