Junior Shelley Duncan Selected 62nd Overall By the New York Yankees In MLB Draft
June 5, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz.- Junior Shelley Duncan was selected by the World Champion New York Yankees with its first selection in the second round of Tuesday's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Duncan was the 62nd overall selection in the draft and the 12th player taken in the second round. The slugging outfielder, who led the Pac-10 in home runs, slugging percentage and RBIs in 2001, was the first conference position player (non-pitcher) to be selected.
'Just being drafted is a real honor,' said Duncan, Arizona's all-time leader in home runs. 'It's something I've looked forward to for as long as I can remember. And to be selected by the by an outstanding organization like the Yankees is a fantastic way to start my professional career.'
Joining Duncan in the draft was senior Ernie Durazo. The Tucson High School product was selected by Toronto Blue Jays in the 12th-round of the draft. Durazo, who played three seasons at Arizona, led the Pac-10 in hits and runs scored in 2001.
Duncan, who did not get drafted out of Tucson's Canyon Del Oro High School in 1998, joins a long list of Arizona players drafted into professional baseball and his 62nd overall selection is tied for the eighth highest that a Wildcat has been drafted since 1965. Eddie Leon is the highest Arizona player to be drafted when he was the ninth overall selection out of high school by the Minnesota Twins in the 1965 Amateur Draft. Leon did not sign with the Twins, opting to play three seasons with Arizona.