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Liberty Pitcher Evans Selected by Twins in MLB Draft
Liberty pitcher Steven Evans has been selected in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball Draft this afternoon by the Minnesota Twins.
Evans, who finished his career at Liberty this past spring, becomes the 42nd player in program history to be taken in the MLB Draft and the second today. Fellow Flame left-hander Garrett Baker was taken in the 11th round earlier today by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The left-hander earned Big South All-Conference second team honors in 2011, finishing his four-year career listed on several of Liberty's career lists. Evans posted a 26-10 record with a 3.38 ERA during his Flames' career, finishing second on Liberty's all-time victory list. In addition, the left-hander also ranks second on the Liberty career innings pitched and strikeout ledgers. The left-hander pitched 322 1/3 innings during his time in a Flames uniform and struck out 268 batters during his career.
Evans went 7-3 with a career single-season best 2.87 ERA in 2011. He struck out a team-high 83 batters and walked 29 over 100 1/3 innings, holding opponents to a .211 batting average. The senior listed second in the Big South in opponent batting average, while finishing the year third in strikeouts and innings pitched. In 2008 and 2010, he was named to the Big South Baseball Championship All-Tournament team.
Liberty went 35-24 this past season. The Flames have had a player taken in every MLB Draft since 2000. Evans becomes only the second Liberty player to be drafted by the Twins. Right-hander Doug Smith was selected in the 28th round by the team in 1982.