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Three Missouri baseball players picked up on final day of draft

By Staff and wire reports
June 6, 2012 | 9:32 p.m. CDT
Missouri junior Eric Garcia hits the ball while playing against Kansas State on Sunday at Taylor Stadium. Missouri won by a score of 7-0 and will play Missouri State on April 25.

Three more Missouri baseball players received calls from major league teams Wednesday during the final day of the first-year player draft.

The Atlanta Braves took Eric Garcia in the 20th round, Ben Turner went to the Giants in Round 21 and Blake Holovach got a call from the Mariners in the 27th round. The Braves drafted Missouri’s Blake Brown in the fifth round Tuesday.


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Garcia, a junior from Pflugerville, Texas, batted leadoff for the Tigers and played shortstop. In the Big 12 tournament, Garcia hit .500, scored five runs and drove in three. He was named “Most Outstanding Player” for his production over the four-game tourney. The switch-hitter started all 61 Missouri games and batted .271. His 17 stolen bases tied him with Brown for the team lead.

Turner was the only Tigersenior to be drafted. The catcher out of St. Charles batted .284 with 28 RBIs. He struck out just 29 times in 218 at bats and carried a 1.16 strikeout-to-walk ratio — tops among consistent starters.

Holovach, an Overland Park, Kan., native, transferred to Missouri from Coffeyville Community College prior to the 2012 season. The junior left-hander made 14 starts and appeared in 20 games. He went 7-5 with a 5.08 ERA. Holovach picked up the save in Missouri’s 8-7 win over Oklahoma on May 27 that guaranteed the Tigers’ berth into the NCAA tournament.