When Cory Hahn transferred to Tulane after playing two seasons at the University of Kentucky, he came to The Big Easy for an opportunity to play in the postseason as well as gain exposure in scouting circles so he could join the ranks of the professionals at the conclusion of his college career.
The first part of Hahn's plan came true last
week when Tulane was selected for its sixth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance, earning
the No. 2 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional. On Wednesday, the second part of his plan came to fruition as well, as the junior right-handed pitcher was selected by the Oakland Athletics
in the 24th round in day two of the 2003 Major League Baseball First-Year Player's Draft Wednesday afternoon.
Hahn, the 720th overall selection, becomes the fourth Green Wave player to be drafted by a
Major League franchise during the 2003 Draft,
joining fellow juniors Michael Aubrey and Tony Giarratano, as well as senior Jonny Kaplan, who were taken yesterday. Aubrey was drafted by the
Cleveland Indians with the 11th overall selection and Giarratano was taken by the Detroit Tigers
in the third round. Kaplan, meanwhile, was
selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the
Tulane's four draft picks in 2003 are the most since 1997 when outfielder Jason Fitzgerald went to the Indians as a sandwich pick, pitcher Jason Navarro went to the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth round, shortstop Michael Johns was picked up by the Colorado Rockies in the 19th round,
and third baseman Scott Wilson was taken by the
Cardinals in the 40th round.
Aubrey, Giarratano and Hahn can all return to play for Tulane next year if they opt not to
sign professional contracts. Kaplan, however,
has exhausted his college eligibility.
Hahn came to Tulane with a career 5.18 ERA and
a 7-13 record, in 2003, led the team with a 9-1 record and a 3.01 ERA. He finished second on
the team with 70 strikeouts in 88.0 innings
of work while also ranking second with a .265 opponent batting average.
Hahn was one of eight newcomers to the pitching staff this season, and the lone upperclassmen joining seven true freshman. His leadership and
experience was instrumental to the success of the Green Wave staff as Tulane posted its best numbers in 10 years under head coach Rick Jones.
Tulane finished the season with a 4.10 ERA with 430 strikeouts and just 165 walks while holding opponents to a .283 batting average.
The second player in his family to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team, Hahn joins his brother Camron who was drafted by the Houston
Astros in the second round coming out of high school in 1997. The elder Hahn, a catcher, had his career cut short by a shoulder injury.
Cory Hahn Taken By A's In 24th Round Of Draft
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