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Four Ravens selected in MLB Draft

Four Franklin Pierce University players were selected during the weekend Major League Baseball Draft in what could be the school’s most successful draft yet.

Over just 42 picks in the 13th and 14th rounds, the Ravens had three pitchers taken, marking the first time in program history three players were taken in the first 15 rounds. Another pick in the 16th round marked only the third time the program has had four players taken in the same draft (2011, 2006).

Junior right-hander Trevor Graham of Sebastian, Fla., was taken by the Chicago Cubs in the 13th round (378 overall). Just eight selections later, and still in the 13th round (386 overall), the New York Mets took junior right-hander Kevin McGowan of Nashua. Sophomore left-hander Steve Hathaway of Acton, Mass., was taken in the 14th round (420 overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Two rounds later, Franklin Pierce capped its day in the 16th round (476 overall) when the Mets took junior first baseman Zach Mathieu (Derry, N.H.).

Graham transferred to Franklin Pierce from Florida Tech following the 2012 season, in part to set himself up for a possible draft selection this June. Graham led the Ravens to the sixth NCAA Regional title in program history. Graham finished in the top 20 in the country in strikeouts (123), WHIP (0.87), hits allowed per nine innings (6.12), ERA (1.63) and wins (10).

In 15 appearances and 13 starts in 2013, he logged 78.2 innings, allowed 31 runs (28 earned) on 76 hits, walked 16 and struck out 60 (6.86 per nine innings) to post a 3.20 ERA. He finished 7-2, logged two complete games and threw one shutout. McGowan added significant velocity to his fastball between his sophomore and junior seasons at Franklin Pierce.

Hathaway, a 23-year-old sophomore, has battled injuries the past two seasons. Still, he is a hard-throwing left-hander with a mid-90s fastball and an above-average curveball. Over 31 innings in eight appearances in 2013, including six starts and one complete game, Hathaway allowed 14 runs (10 earned) on 25 hits, walked eight and struck out 37 (10.74 per nine innings) to post a 2.90 ERA. A victim of poor run support, he went 0-3 with one save despite the impressive ERA.

Mathieu, who checks in at 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, finished 2013 among the top 75 hitters in the nation in runs scored (51), doubles (19), total bases (109) and walks (34). He also had two triples and six home runs.

The East Region champion Ravens (37-19) wrapped up the 2013 season by finishing tied for fifth in the nation after being ousted from the National Finals after three games.

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