Pair Of Frogs Drafted In First Five Rounds
June 7, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas - A pair of TCU Horned Frogs were drafted on the second day of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Matt Purke (3rd round, 96th overall) was the first Frog selected as he went to the Washington Nationals. Also drafted was Taylor Featherston in the fifth round by Colorado.
The 2010 consensus National Freshman of the Year, Purke has put together a solid career on the mound at TCU. In 31 appearances, Purke has started 29 games and posted an impressive 21-1 record. That mark includes a nation-leading 16-0 record as a freshman. In 169 career innings pitched, he has fanned 203 batters, walked 54 and posted an ERA of 2.61. The Horned Frogs were 26-5 in games he pitched over the last two seasons.
The Colorado Rockies tabbed Featherston in the fifth round with the 168th overall pick. In just three years on campus, Featherston has already climbed into the top five in a pair of offensive categories. His 166 career runs scored ranks fifth all-time, while his 13 career triples is tied for third all-time with Mike Losa. A career .331 hitter, Featherston has played in 180 games and amassed 234 hits. He tallied 42 doubles and 16 home runs while driving in 122. Featherston posted 71 multi-hit games and 29 multiple RBI contests.
Jim Schlossnagle has seen 29 players drafted by 17 different organizations in his eight seasons as the head coach at TCU.
Day two of the draft features round two through 30.