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Braves Pluck Janas – Three other Owls Selected in MLB Draft

KSU starting pitcher Ste- phen Janas was drafted in the Major League Baseball First- Year Player Draft over the weekend, and he won’t have to pack his bags.

Janas, who helped the Owls to the Atlantic Sun Champi- onship game for the second straight season, was selected by the Atlanta Braves as the 193rd overall pick (sixth round) on Friday.

The Marietta native finished his junior season with a 1.14 ERA, which was fifth lowest in the nation, but that average was below 1.00 for the majority of the 2012-13 campaign which helped him become a finalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year Award.

His 55 strikeouts and 9-1 record landed him on the All-Atlantic Sun Conference first team.

As a sophomore, Janas com- piled a record of 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA before suffering an injury that limited him to just seven starts. He struck out 37 and walked just nine in 37 innings.

Janas was the fifth player of 39 taken by the Braves, includ- ing the general manager’s son, Kyle Wren, and current Brave Jason Heyard’s brother, Jacob.

Janas was one of four KSU pitchers drafted, including Kevin McCoy (Mariners), Alan Busenitz (Angels of Anaheim) and Travis Dean (Rangers).

McCoy, a junior from Gaines- ville, Fla., made 14 appearances last season and struck out 23 in 20 innings.

Busenitz, a redshirt senior from Athens, compiled a 3.03 ERA over 35 innings of relief. Dean started 13 games and compiled 46 strikeouts in
68 innings.