Today, two more Cavaliers received news that they had been picked up on the final day of the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft.
Matt Packer was chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round. Packer has been a dominant force on Brian O' Connor's pitching staff for three years. As a freshman, Packer was the Saturday starter for much of the year. Last year, Packer became only the second Cavalier to be named the NCAA statistical champion. He led the nation with a 1.14 earned run average.
This year, Packer has seen time out of the bullpen and as a starter. His most notable appearance was when he came on with a runner at third and one out in the ninth inning and held the Ole Miss Rebels scoreless to send the Cavaliers to a crucial third game in the Ole Miss Super Regional.
With the fourth pick in the 41st round, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Tyler Cannon. Cannon, a junior from Tennessee, has seen time all over the field for the Cavaliers. As a freshman, Cannon started 47 games at shortstop for the injured Greg Miclat. During his sophomore campaign, although he was the everyday third basemen, Cannon saw time at shortstop, catcher, and centerfield.
This year, playing shortstop, Cannon has been the anchor and leader of the Cavalier's infield. He is also hitting .339 on the season with a team high 19 doubles.
Both of these Cavaliers will turn their attention to the Louisiana State Tigers, the Cavaliers opening round opponent, in the team's first ever College World Series appearance.