SFA outfielder drafted
POSTED: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 3:41pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 6:49pm
Nacogdoches — Stephen F. Austin junior outfielder and 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year Bryson Myles was selected Tuesday by the Cleveland Indians in the sixth round and 188th overall pick of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft, becoming the highest Lumberjack ever selected by a big-league club.
Myles led the nation with 53 stolen bases and ranked in the top five nationally in hits (99) and runs scored (64) while leading the Southland Conference with a .411 batting average, making him just the third Lumberjack in history to hit .400 for a single season.
A transfer from Weatherford College, Myles is the first position player selected in the MLB Draft since both Steven Hill and Jared Pitts were taken in the 2007 draft. Hill was previously the highest-selected Lumberjack after going in the 13th round in 2007.
Myles is the third Southland Conference player selected behind McNeese State's Jace Peterson and Texas State's Kyle Kubitza, both underclassmen.