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Tigers Select Neil in MLB Draft

Charlie Neil. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Charlie Neil. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Senior Outfielder Taken by Detroit in 37th Round of Draft




SECAUCUS, N.J. — One day after the Yale University baseball team saw two of its pitchers selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, another Bulldog joined them in the professional ranks.

On Wednesday, senior outfielder Charlie Neil (Dallas, Texas) was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round of the draft, one day after senior pitcher Pat Ludwig (Okemos, Mich.) went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round and junior pitcher Nolan Becker (New York, N.Y.) went to the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round.

Neil, a four-year starter for the Bulldogs and a four-year letter winner in both baseball and soccer, was the 1,144th overall selection. He is the 34th player to move on to the professional ranks during Coach Stuper's tenure as Yale's head coach. The selection of Neil, Ludwig and Becker in the 2012 draft represents the eighth straight year in which a Yale player was selected in the draft.

"I'm not surprised Charlie was selected," said Yale head coach John Stuper. "This is a guy who played two sports at Yale, and in my view, hurt his baseball development because of it. He's 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, and he could easily be 225 pounds. Now that he'll be able to concentrate solely on baseball, you may see him really blossom."

In his four years with the Bulldogs, Neil made a total of 155 appearances with 144 starts for the baseball team, including 45 appearances, all starts, in his senior season. He closed out his senior season with a .224 batting average and a .297 on-base percentage, with 33 hits, including four doubles and two triples. His 18 RBIs were tied for second-most on the team.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity