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    July 18, 2022 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    Liberty pitcher Mason Fluharty was selected on the second day of the 2022 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, this afternoon.

    The Toronto Blue Jays chose Fluharty in the fifth round with the 158th pick of the draft. The left-hander from Milton, Del., becomes the highest Liberty draft pick since Jason Jones was taken by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB Draft.

    With his selection, Liberty has now had 73 players taken in the MLB Draft during the 49-year history of its program. The Flames have had at least one player chosen in each draft since 2000, except 2020 which was limited to five rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    One of the ASUN Conference’s top relief pitchers in 2022, Fluharty was selected to the ASUN All-Conference second team, after posting a 6-3 record with a 2.84 ERA and two saves over 50 2/3 innings, all in relief. The left-hander led the Flames and finished third in the ASUN with 26 appearances. He also tied Joe Adametz and Garrett Horn for the team lead

    Fluharty struck out 83 batters and walked 10 in 2022, holding opponents to a .230 batting average. The left-hander finished second on the Flames in strikeouts and posted an outstanding 14.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He allowed only three of the 24 runners he inherited during the year to score (12.5%).

    In his three seasons at Liberty (2020-22), Fluharty went 6-4 with a 3.47 ERA and three saves over 51 career appearances. The left-hander struck out 108 and walked 23 over 80 1/3 innings.