June 8, 2010
Five Mizzou baseball players had their names called on day two of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player's Draft. Seniors Aaron Senne and Michael Liberto and juniors Brett Nicholas, Nick Tepesch and Tyler Clark were among the players drafted on Tuesday in rounds 2-30, after the first round took place on Monday night. The draft will conclude with rounds 31-50 on Wednesday starting at 11 a.m.
Nicholas was selected in the sixth round by the Texas Rangers and Senne was the 10th-round pick of the Florida Marlins, while Tepesch went to the Rangers in the 14th round. Liberto was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 21st round and Clark was a 25th-round selection by the Detroit Tigers.
Nicholas was second on the team with a .351 average and 12 home runs and he had a team best 64 RBI this season. He had a hit in 43 of the 54 games in which he had an at-bat in 2010 and led the team with 26 multi-hit games. He put together a 19-game hitting streak from April 3-May 4, which was the longest streak at Missouri since 2002.
Nicholas, who transferred to Mizzou from Scottsdale Community College in 2010, was named to the All-Big 12 Conference First Team as a utility player after playing both catcher and third base for the Tigers this season.
Senne was the Big 12 Conference Co-Player of the Year this season and earned All-America honors after hitting .400 with 16 home runs and 22 doubles. He became the first Tiger to hit at least .400 since 1988. This is the third time that Senne has been taken in the MLB Draft. He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in 2006 (13th round) and 2009 (32nd round), but each time passed on the chance to turn professional, electing instead to attend Missouri.
Senne closed his career at Mizzou as the school's all-time leader in career hits (291), doubles (69), extra base hits (114) and total bases (492). He also ranks in the top-10 in the school record books in career at-bats, home runs, RBI, walks, runs scored and slugging percentage.
Tepesch tied for the team lead with six victories in 2010 and had a team-best 75 strikeouts. He threw two complete games in his last three starts this year, including a five-hit, nine-strikeout shutout of Nebraska. Two weeks later, he picked up a complete game victory over No. 1 Texas at the Big 12 Championship.
In three years at Mizzou, Tepesch has won 13 games and struck out 176 batters in 213.0 innings pitched. He was drafted out of high school, as the Boston Red Sox selected him in the 28th round of the 2007 draft, but chose to attend Missouri.
Liberto earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recognition after he hit .317, with eight doubles, three triples and 31 RBI. He had a pair of nine-game hitting streaks during the 2010 season, with the first coming March 14-23, during which he hit .412 with a double, a triple and seven RBI. His second streak was April 25-May 9, as he hit .342 and drove in nine runs during that span.
In his two years at Mizzou, Liberto played in 110 games, starting in 108 of those games. He opened this season by going 9-for-13 in the three games at the Collegiate Cactus Classic, which included a four-hit performance in the season opener to match his career best.
Clark made 26 appearances on the mound for Mizzou in 2010, striking out 43 batters in 38 innings pitched. He picked up two wins, with the first coming against Eastern Illinois when he got the start and struck out a career-high nine in five innings pitched, allowing just one run on five hits.
Clark has pitched in 65 games in three years at Missouri and has a 6-3 record. He has 86 career strikeouts in 76.1 innings pitched. He was drafted out of high school in the 2007 draft when the Chicago Cubs picked him in the 46th round.
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