Nicholas leads five Missouri baseball players selected.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | 7:48 p.m. CDT; updated 10:58 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Five Missouri Tigers were taken in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft Tuesday.

Junior Catcher Brett Nicholas was the highest Tiger selected, taken in the 6th round by the Texas Rangers. Nicholas led the team in RBI's with 64 and was second in home runs with 12.

Senior First basemen Aaron Senne was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 10th round.  Senne was the Big 12 co-player of the year and an All-Big 12 first team selection. Senne led the team in RBI's with 59, batting average with .400 and hits with 84. Senne has been drafted twice before, in 2006 and 2009, both by his home state Minnesota Twins, but in the 32nd and 13th rounds, respectively.

Junior pitcher Nicholas Tepesch was taken by the Texas Rangers in the 14th round. The 6-5 hurler was 6-6 with a 4.20 ERA last season.

Senior shortstop Michael Liberto was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 21st round. Liberto was  All Big 12 honorable mention and led the team in triples with three.

Junior pitcher Tyler Clark was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 24th round. Clark was 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA.

Missouri finished 29-26 overall and 10-16 in Conference play.  The highest number of Tigers ever taken in the MLB draft is seven.

The draft runs through Wednesday.

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