MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Junior lefthander Alex Burkard (Alpharetta, Ga.) joined an elite class of Georgia College & State University pitchers Wednesday afternoon, as he was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Burkard was chosen in the 49th round with pick 1,494.
Burkard joins Michael Antonini (2006-07), Brandon Durden (2003-05) and Matt Goyen (2002-05) as recent lefthanded pitchers from Georgia College picked in the MLB Draft.
The 6-foot-7 230-pound lefthander just finished his fourth season with the Bobcats and would have senior eligibility should he choose to return next season.
Over three seasons, Burkard appeared in 19 games with a 1-0 record. He posted an 8.74 ERA and 33 strikeouts over 34 innings of work. Burkard’s first win came in his sophomore season in 2009, allowing just three hits and one run over 5 1/3 innings, fanning five against Columbus State University. Burkard has been a part of two Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship teams.
Burkard graduated from Milton High School, where he was named to the 2006 West All-Star Team.
With the addition of Burkard, three Georgia College pitchers have now been chosen in the five seasons current head coach Tom Carty has been with the program.
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