June 7, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Left-handed pitcher Greg Williams of the Marshall University baseball team became the highest draft pick in school history over the past 29 years by being selected in the 12th round by the Texas Rangers on the second day of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Williams was selected 384th overall, marking the highest pick ever under head coach Jeff Waggoner. In 2008, Nate Lape was drafted in the 20th round by the Colorado Rockies in the second year of Waggoner's tenure. Williams is one of the highest picks from Marshall since former MLB all-star closer Jeff Montgomery was picked in the ninth round in 1983.
The junior finished the 2011 season with a 1-1 record and 5.82 ERA, as the tall lefty struck out a batter-per-inning, punching out 17 in 17.0 innings on the bump. He made 11 total appearances, including three starts for the Herd. One of his most memorable performances took place as a true freshman, when Williams gave up two earned runs in 6.1 innings with five strikeouts at No. 7 Virginia.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native was drafted for the second time in his career. The southpaw was picked by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 31st round of the MLB First Year Player Draft in 2008 as a senior at Moeller High School.