Wade Broyles Picked by MLB Tampa Bay Rays

Just when I thought this incredible Blazer athletic year had come to a close, we received this news late yesterday afternoon:

Broyles Selected by Tampa Bay on Day Three of MLB Draft

New York, NY-Belhaven baseball senior relief pitcher Wade Broyles was selected in the 40th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday afternoon by the Tampa Bay Rays. Broyles was the 1,211th overall pick in this year’s draft which is conducted over a span of three days and is comprised of 50 rounds.

Broyles is the third Blazer in the past two years to be drafted joining Chanse Cooper and Craig Westcott who were drafted last year.

Broyles, a senior relief pitcher from Madison, MS, anchored the back end of the Blazers bullpen recording 14 saves during the 2010 season which ranked him second in the NAIA in that category. The 14 saves by Broyles is also a new Belhaven single season school record that was previously held by Kyle Medley who notched 13 saves in 2009. His save total is also tied for fourth best for a single season in NAIA history.

Broyles went 3-0 during the season and posted an ERA of 1.54 with 75 strikeouts in 41 innings of work. He allowed just seven earned runs all season and held opposing hitters to a .149 batting average.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments of Wade Broyles and being selected in the Major League Baseball Draft,” says Belhaven Head Coach Hill Denson. “Wade was one of the key components of our pitching staff this season which helped lead us to the NAIA World Series. He was nearly unhittable as a closer and was automatic out of the bullpen. It was a big day for him and we wish him the best of luck with this opportunity to pursue his professional baseball career.”

Belhaven just finished one of the most successful seasons in school history by making their first appearance in the NAIA World Series and tying the school record for most wins in a season with 44. The Blazers went 44-17 in 2010 and posted the same record during the 2007 campaign.

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