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Braves Select Wilson in the 36th Round

June 11, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Andrew Wilson was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 36th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.

Andrew Wilson was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 36th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.

Liberty pitcher Andrew Wilson has been selected in the 36th round (1,078 overall pick) of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Atlanta Braves on the final day of the three-day first-year player draft.

Wilson (RHP, 6-2, 180, Cary, N.C.), who completed his final season this spring with the Flames, becomes the 39th player in Liberty history to be taken in the MLB Draft and the second to be drafted by the Atlanta Braves organization. He joins former Liberty shortstop Clay Elliot who was selected in the 10th round by the Atlanta Braves in the 1976 MLB Draft.

This past season, the right-hander was the most reliable option for the Flames out of the bullpen, registering a 5-3 record with the team's second-best ERA at 3.52 over 64.0 innings. Wilson finished fourth in the Big South in ERA, ranked fourth in opposing batting average (.249), fifth in strikeouts (70) and tied for fourth in saves (5). Wilson's five saves were also tops for Liberty, as Wilson averaged 9.84 strikeouts per nine innings over his 24 appearances, 21 of which came out of the bullpen.

With Wilson's selection, Liberty has now had players taken in every Major League Baseball Draft since 2000.