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Boston Red Sox Draft Brooks in 26th Round

June 11, 2007

[Columbia, SC] Benedict College senior third baseman Deshaun Brooks was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft (MLBAD) late Friday evening, June 9, 2007. Brooks, a senior from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands became the first Benedict player to be selected since 1996 when the Los Angeles Dodgers organization drafted outfielder Brian Foulks in the 31st round.

bc_2007_baseball_team_0311_vs_albany_state_university19_deshaun_brooksBrooks who was also a captain on the team led the BC Tigers with 54 RBIs, seven home runs, and a batting average of .446. As a junior in 2005-2006, he led NCAA Division II with 18 home runs. Head Coach, Derrick Johnson, said, "I am very happy and proud of Deshaun."

"He earned the privilege to be drafted. Brooks is not just a talented baseball player, he is a hard worker," added Johnson. While at Benedict Brooks consistently carried a 3.0 GPA while majoring in Computer Science.

"He's the type of player to do what ever it takes to be successful," said Johnson. "Deshaun has the natural ability and the mental mindset to become successful at the next level."

Brooks will report to the New York Penn-League in Lowell, Massachusetts on Tuesday June 12, 2007 and take the field with the Lowell Spinners. The New York - Penn League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the northeastern United States. It is classified as a "short-season Class A" league; its season starts in June, after major-league teams have signed their amateur draft picks to professional contracts, and ends in early September. The league is divided into the McNamara Division, the Pinckney Division, and the Stedler Division. Currently the league includes teams in Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Vermont, as well as in New York and Pennsylvania.

For more information regarding BC baseball contact the Office of Sports Information at (803) 705-4535 or visit the website at www.benedict.edu.

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