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TUESDAY, JUNE 05, 2012
Schils Selected in Ninth Round of MLB Draft by Braves
Steven Schils works out for the Braves on May 22 at Turner Field. Photo by Amy Schils.
Steven Schils works out for the Braves on May 22 at Turner Field. Photo by Amy Schils.
Photo by Amanda Stratford.
Photo by Amanda Stratford.
SECAUCAS, N.J. (Baseball) – Florida Tech junior Steven Schils was picked by the Atlanta Braves in the ninth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. His name was called at pick No. 299.

“We are very happy for Steven,” head coach Greg Berkemeier said. “He has worked really hard to achieve this opportunity. I wish him the best of luck as he pursues his dream.”

Schils, a product of Cocoa, Fla., transferred to FIT from High Point prior to his junior season. He made 11 appearances out of the bullpen for the Panthers, going 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and five saves. The right-hander did not surrender a run in seven outings and did not give up an earned run in eight. He struck out four and held opposing hitters to a .257 batting average.

“It was an awesome experience to be drafted,” he said. “My phone has been blowing up and my family is really happy. Words can’t describe how I’m feeling right now. Going in the ninth round is a privilege and a life changing experience. I feel like I’ve worked really hard to earn this opportunity. I love to play baseball and now I have a chance to do it for a living. I’m ready to get after it.

“I grew up watching the Braves and they were one of my favorite teams. It’s always been my dream to play professionally. Being selected by the Braves makes it even more special. When I transferred to Florida Tech, one of my goals was to get drafted with the help of Coach B and Coach Merc. It was an honor to play for those two and I thank them for helping me.”

Schils was the first player selected in this year’s draft from a Sunshine State Conference school.

He will join three other former Panthers in the minor leagues: Jonathan Cornelius (Single A; St. Louis Cardinals), Sam Palace (Single A; Washington Nationals) and Mike Piazza (Double A; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim).
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