Two Drafted

Alabama senior left-hander Brent Carter and junior right-hander Trey Shields were taken in the 2005 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon. The first day of the draft lasted 18 rounds and featured 560 selections. The 50-round draft will continue on Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. (CDT) and can be followed at MLB.com.

Alabama's Trey Shields (281st pick) was taken in the ninth round by the Oakland Athletics, while the Crimson Tide's Brent Carter (488th pick) was selected by the San Diego Padres.

The 2005 draft marked the third time Shields has been taken in the MLB draft. He was a 22nd round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves following his senior year at Bay High School in Panama City, Fla. He was also taken in the 15th round of the 2004 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins while at Gulf Coast Community College.

Shields appeared in seven games and made three starts for the Crimson Tide this season. He was 1-1 with 5.50 ERA, which included a start on the mound in the NCAA Regional championship game against No. 1 ranked Tulane.

Shields started three games this season and earned his only career win with four scoreless innings against Mississippi Valley State (4 IP, 1 H,1 BB, 4 K) on April 20.

"It's very exciting," Shields said. "We will see what happens. I really did not know what to expect. After talking to several teams, I thought it might be early teens (11-15 rounds). Then, Oakland called a few weeks ago and I had a pretty good idea what might happen. The draft is so unpredictable. I am fortunate things worked out the way they did."

Carter was 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA in a career best 25 games, which included 10 starts. He worked 95 2/3 innings and allowed 91 hits, 46 runs and 40 earned runs, with 28 walks and 96 strikeouts.

In his four-year career, Carter appeared in 77 games, with 38 starts, for the Crimson Tide. He was 25-11 with a 3.67 ERA and seven complete games. The left-hander worked 335 2/3 innings and allowed 324 hits, 162 runs and 137 earned runs, with 73 walks and 307 strikeouts.

Carter is the school's all-time leader with 307 strikeouts and ranks second with 335 2/3 innings pitched. He is also ranks third in wins (25) and appearances (77) and sixth in starts (38).

His best season came as a sophomore in 2003, where he was 10-5 with a 3.30 ERA. He set UA sophomore records for innings pitched (122 2/3), wins (10) and strikeouts (105). The 105 strikeouts are the third highest single season total in school history.

"I was really surprised when I say my name come up," Carter said. "I was really expecting to be drafted by the (Oakland) Athletics. They had been talking to me for some time. I was also surprised to see my name on the first day. I was really expecting late second day or maybe even a free agent, senior sign. I am very happy."

Carter said he should have all the details ironed out with the Padres and be able to report to their short-season rookie team in Eugene (Oregon) in time for the 2005 season opener next weekend.

The Crimson Tide also had three signees and one football signee taken in the first day of the MLB draft. Shane Funk (RHP, 6-6, 235, Arnold HS) was the 129th overall pick (4th) by the Texas Rangers, Kyle Cofield (RHP, 6-5, 190, Southside HS) was the 257th overall pick (9th round) by the Atlanta Braves and Jaye Chapman (RHP, 6-0, 180, Mosley HS) was the 497th overall selection (16th round) by the Braves.

Desmond Jennings (OF, 6-2, 180, Pinson Valley), who signed with the Crimson Tide football team, was the 544th overall pick (18th round) by the Cleveland Indians.


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