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Four Roadrunners selected for Major League Baseball first-year player draft
(June 11, 2014) -- UTSA saw four players selected Saturday during the final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. That tied the program record set back in 1995, as Justin Anderson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/14th round), John Bormann (Angels/19th round), Matt Sims (Atlanta Braves/28th round), and Michael Kraft (Toronto Blue Jays/37th round) each had their name called.
Anderson, a junior right-handed pitcher from Houston, became just the eighth UTSA player drafted in the first 15 rounds of the draft. He finished his junior campaign by tossing eight shutout innings in a win against Southern Miss in the Conference USA Tournament to send the Roadrunners to the league's championship game.
Five rounds later, Bormann, a junior catcher from Seguin, became the second Roadrunner drafted by the Angels for the second consecutive year. Riley Good (13th round) and Clint Sharp (38th round) both were picked by the Angels last June. Bormann led Conference USA with 13 pickoffs and threw out 24 base stealers this past spring.
Both Anderson and Bormann earned C-USA All-Tournament honors following UTSA’s runner-up finish to Rice in Hattiesburg, Miss.
UTSA's all-time appearances leader Matt Sims was the next Roadrunner to be picked. Sims, a senior reliever from Cypress, finished his career with 20 career saves (No. 2 school history) and he ranks second all-time in lowest opponent batting average and third all-time in strikeouts per nine innings. Sims is the first-ever Roadrunner to be drafted by the Braves.
Kraft was the final UTSA player picked, as the Blue Jays selected the senior left-hander from San Antonio. He completed his senior season with a 2.04 ERA and leaves with 15 career victories on the hill, a figure that is tied for eighth in program annals.
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