Brewers take ETSU's York in ninth round

Joe Avento • Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 9:40 PM

East Tennessee State University senior second baseman Trey York was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth round of Major League Baseball’s draft on Friday.

York, a first-team All-Southern Conference selection and a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, was the 261st pick overall. He became ETSU’s highest pick since 2005, when catcher-pitcher Caleb Moore went in the fourth round.

“This is a very special day, not only for myself, but my family and friends,” York said. “I want to thank the Milwaukee Brewers for drafting me, and I am extremely excited to get to their facility and start working with the team. I am honored to be part of the Brewers’ organization.”

York hit .348 with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs for the Bucs this season. The Knoxville native started all 57 games at second base and posted a slugging percentage of .648.

“We are all so proud of Trey,” ETSU coach Tony Skole said. “I know he is excited about this opportunity. It has just been amazing to see Trey develop as a ball player and as a young man. His progression has been remarkable and it truly is a testament to his commitment, work ethic and the quality of young man that he is. It is going to be fun following his career.”

For his career, York hit .309 in 190 career games, 181 of them starts.

“Coach Skole and the staff at ETSU deserve a lot of credit,” York said. “Each day, they brought a lot of energy to the field, pushed us to compete and made sure we got in a certain routine to become successful both on and off the field. That’s what I live by.

“My teammates also deserve a lot of the credit. They always pushed each other to become better players. From my senior class to the seniors who were here my freshman year, they all played an important role in helping me develop during my time at ETSU. I couldn’t be prouder to play with my teammates and I want to thank them for everything they have done for me.”

Rounds 3 through 10 of the draft were held on Friday. It concludes with rounds 11-40 on Saturday.

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