A nice surprise on Friday. After I had left the house and arrived at AutoZone Park to do PA for the Redbirds, I found out that Chris Kirkland was drafted in the 36th round by the Mariners, making him the fourth Tiger drafted this year!
Kirkland was our primary catcher for the last two seasons after spending a year at Alabama and Chipola Junior College. This season, coach Rock let Chris throw a few innings because he had thrown at Chipola and in High School at South Doyle. Kirkland was gunned up to 96 mph so Seattle will take a chance and see if he develops.
Chris is one of the toughest players I've seen. In 2007, Kirkland had his jaw broken going into second base at Rice when he was hit with a relay throw, he stayed in for another inning. He missed the Conference Tournament the next week, but came back to catch both games of the NCAA.