Four Tigers selected in Tuesday's draft

Four LSU players were selected Tuesday during Day 1 of the Major League Baseball Draft. Senior outfielders Ryan Patterson and Nick Stavinoha, senior infielder Clay Harris and junior left-handed pitcher Greg Smith were chosen by MLB clubs.

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, Stavinoha was chosen in the seventh round (230th pick) by the St. Louis Cardinals and Harris was selected in the ninth round (277th pick) by the Philadelphia Phillies.

The first 18 rounds of the 50-round draft were completed Tuesday. The remaining 32 rounds will be completed Wednesday.

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. 9) 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.

Harris, a two-time all-SEC selection, hit .362 (88-for-243) this season with 20 doubles, one triple, nine homers, 41 runs and 60 RBI.

He started 200 games during his career at first base, second base and third base, and he made 16 appearances as a pitcher.

The Slidell, La. native posted a .320 (247-for-771) batting average in four seasons with 52 doubles, four triples, 35 homers, 153 runs and 185 RBI. He finished his career fifth in LSU annals in RBI and eighth in doubles.

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