MLB draft: Padres tab Rierson, Little to Tampa Bay

Junior Sean Rierson was taken with San Diego's 50th and final pick of the 2003 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft.<BR> Junior Joe Little joined classmates Brian Anderson and Richie Gardner in the June Major League First-Year Player draft when Tampa Bay tabbed the southpaw with its 26th-round pick.

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Rierson, a right-handed pitcher, finished the 2003 season 9-3 overall with 5.38 ERA in 103 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out 66 batters, while walking a team-low 19 batters in 18 appearances. Rierson garnered honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors.

A three-year starter for the Wildcats, Rierson is currently third all-time at Arizona in games started (50) and is seventh all-time in innings pitched (327). His 1.85 career walks per nine innings ranks as the second-lowest in school history.

Little, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 48th round of the 2000 draft, has a career 14-10 record in three seasons with the Wildcats. He finished the 2003 season as Arizona's Sunday starter with a 4-4 record, a 5.40 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 75 innings pitched.

Anderson was taken in the first round with the 15th overall pick and Gardner was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round with the 171st overall pick.

In a surprise, UA Football running back Clarence Farmer was picked in the 49th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.


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