BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (SAMFORD ATHLETICS) — Samford Bulldogs have three players selected in the 2019 MLB Draft. The Colorado Rockies selected Samford closer Stephen Jones. Junior shortstop Branden Fryman was selected by New York Mets. The Los Angeles Angels selected catcher Anthony Mulrine.
Samford has now had 30 players drafted since head coach Casey Dunn took over the program in 2005, and a total of 27 over the last nine years.
Jones, who was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2018 draft but decided to return for his senior season, made the transition from starting pitcher to closer in 2019. He led the Souther Conference with 13 saves, and he posted a 3-0 record and a 2.21 ERA this season.
For his career, Jones has a 14-10 record with 13 saves and a 4.23 ERA. At the conclusion of the 2019 season, Jones was named second-team All-SoCon by both the coaches and the media.
As a junior in 2019, Fryman hit a career-best .323 with seven doubles, four home runs and 29 RBI. For his Samford career, Fryman has a .290 average with 25 doubles, three triples and 83 RBI.
Fryman earned first-team All-SoCon honors by the league coaches this season. He was also named second-team All-SoCon by the media.
Samford finished the 2019 season with 41 wins, tying the school record for victories. The Bulldogs earned the program’s first Southern Conference regular season title.
n 2019, Mulrine hit .275 with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 30 RBI. He had a slugging percentage of .440 for the season.
For his Samford career, Mulrine has a .282 batting average. He has 25 doubles, one triple, 20 home runs and 106 RBI in his three seasons in a Samford uniform.