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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Twenty-four NAIA baseball programs had players selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft, which wrapped up Saturday evening. In total, 37 NAIA student-athletes were picked by 23 different clubs during the three-day, 40-round event. Tennessee Wesleyan had three players selected during the draft.
Michael Carballo, a center fielder, was the first Bulldog selected, going in the 18th round as the No. 543 overall pick to the Chicago White Sox. AAC Player of the Year Jake Stone was the next to go. The first baseman was picked up in the 27th round as the 815th overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals. With the 880th overall pick, the Texas Rangers selected right-handed pitcher Justin Sprenger in the 29th round.
Carballo saw limited action this year for Tennessee Wesleyan, appearing in 19 games and batting .167 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBIs.
Stone led the Bulldogs with a .361 average to go along with his 20 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 51 RBIs. He scored 43 runs and had a .445 on-base percentage. Stone was also named to the NAIA All-America second team.
Sprenger was one of Tennessee Wesleyan's top arms out of the bullpen as he made 22 appearances with only one start. He posted a 1-2 record with a 3.41 ERA. In 31.2 innings of work, he struck out 36.
Tennessee Wesleyan won both the regular-season and tournament championships and was the No. 1 seed in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round - Kingsport Bracket. The Bulldogs finished with a 45-18 overall record and 20-3 AAC mark.