SPSU baseball players Casey Shiver and Matt Kimbrel were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft. Shiver was selected by the Texas Rangers and Kimbrel to the Atlanta Braves.
Shiver, the junior right-handed pitcher from Loganville, Ga., was the 27th pick in round ten making him one of the highest drafted players in Hornet baseball history. He ranks No. 13 in Division 1 of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in total innings pitched (102.100) and No. 15 in innings pitched per game (6.822). Leading the team in strike-outs with an average of 7.92 per game, 90 total, he is a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Conference 2nd Team. Shiver has an earned run average (ERA) of 3.17 over 15 games this year.
Another junior right-handed pitcher, Kimbrel, was selected by the Braves in the 31st round. The Huntsville, Ala. native also had an impressive year on the mound with the Hornets. Kimbrel is second on the team in most games pitched, 20, this season. He has an individual game high of six strike-outs on two separate occasions this year and an ERA of 4.54. Kimbrel is the younger brother of Braves pitcher and closer, Craig Kimbrel.
To date, 25 players from the Hornet program have played professional baseball, 10 of which were under Head Coach Matt Griffin and Assistant Coach Gary Bohannon. Eight of the ten were pitchers under Bohannon's guidance.