Patterson, Smith, Stavinoha taken in MLB draft

LSU senior outfielders Ryan Patterson and Nick Stavinoha and junior left-handed pitcher Greg Smith were selected Tuesday in the Major League Baseball draft.

Patterson was chosen in the fourth round (118th pick) by the Toronto Blue Jays, Smith was selected in the sixth round (171st pick) by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Stavinoha was chosen in the seventh round (230th pick) by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Patterson, a 2005 Sports Weekly/ESPN first-team all-American, enjoyed a brilliant three-year career at LSU after transferring prior to the 2003 season from Texarkana (Texas) College.

He was also drafted in 2002 by the Atlanta Braves (34th round) after his freshman season at Texarkana College.

The Rowlett, Texas, native hit .353 (284-for-805) during his LSU career with 66 doubles, five triples, 50 homers, 203 runs and 174 RBI.

He is among the top 10 in several LSU career categories, including doubles (No. 2), home runs (No. 5), hits (No. 5), total bases (No. 5), RBI (No. 8) and runs (No. 9).

Patterson, a three-time all-SEC performer, batted .369 (92-for-249) in 2005 with 23 doubles, two triples, 20 homers, 74 runs and 56 RBI, leading the Tigers to the SEC Western Division title.

Smith was named first-team all-SEC in 2005, posting a 10-3 mark with a 2.60 ERA and three complete games, including two shutouts. He worked 104 innings, allowing 99 hits and 30 earned runs with 25 walks and 82 strikeouts.

Smith, an Alexandria, La. native, fired 28.2 consecutive scoreless innings from April 17-May 8, the longest such streak by an LSU pitcher since Ben McDonald recorded 44.2 straight scoreless frames in 1989.

Smith, a relief pitcher for two seasons before becoming a starter in 2005, has a 12-5 LSU career record with a 2.83 ERA in 168.1 innings.

Stavinoha was named second-team all-SEC in 2005, batting a team-high .370 (95-for-257) with 23 doubles, one triple, 18 homers, 50 runs and 65 RBI.

The Houston native was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, hitting .647 (11-for-17 in four games with three doubles, one homer, three runs and six RBI.

Stavinoha was also selected in the 2002 draft by the Houston Astros (39th round) after his first season at San Jacinto (Texas) College.

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