Tuesday, June 8, 2010

With the 24th Round pick (723rd overall)

The Astros select 6'7" 220lb LHP Adam Champion, out of University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Champion was 7-4 with a 3.11 ERA, and in 98.1IP, allowed 93H/34ER, 74K:33BB, with three complete games and two shutouts.

UALR coach Scott Norwood:
"He has worked hard to get where he is and I think he'll have a great career in professional baseball. He was a big part of getting this program back on track."

Champion totaled a season-high nine strikeouts on two occasions in 2010, the last of which came over 7.1 innings against Louisiana-Lafayette on April 16. He went the full 9.0 innings against South Alabama on March 12, limiting the Jaguars to six hits and three runs, while racking up seven strikeouts against one walk. Champion picked up his sixth win of the year by holding ULM to seven hits and one unearned run over 9.0 innings in a 3-1 win on May 14.

A four-year letterman at UALR, he ends his collegiate career with an 11-15 lifetime record and ranks fifth all-time in UALR history with 208.1 innings pitched. He also ranks fourth all-time in career starts (35) and shares sixth place with 163 career strikeouts.

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