Three Beavers Taken In Baseball Draft

June 4, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Three Oregon State baseball players were selected Tuesday on the opening day of the 2002 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Lefthanded pitcher Mark McLemore was taken in the fourth round by the Houston Astros, third baseman Brian Barden was taken in the sixth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and shortstop Will Hudson was taken in the 20th round by the New York Mets.

All three recently completed their junior seasons with the Beavers, and all three could return to OSU for their senior seasons if they opted not to sign professional contracts this summer. The first 22 rounds of the draft took place Tuesday; the 23rd through 50th rounds will take place Wednesday.

McLemore (Granite Bay, Calif./Del Oro HS) was the 131st overall pick; he was the highest draft pick from OSU since pitcher B.R. Cook was taken in the third round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999. This season, McLemore had a 3-5 record and a 5.17 earned run average; in his career, he was 3-9 with a 6.77 ERA.

Barden (Bonita, Calif./St. Augustine HS) was the 189th overall pick; he holds OSU's career records for hits and total bases. This season, he batted .349 with nine home runs and 50 runs batted in; during his career, he batted .362 with 25 homers and 154 RBIs.

Hudson (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley HS) was the 597th overall pick. This season, he batted .313 with two homers and 24 RBIs; in his career, he batted .287 with four homers and 65 RBIs.

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