Elmira Pioneers See More MLB Draft Picks

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For the second time in as many days, the Elmira Pioneers saw three former players get picked up in the MLB Draft. 

Former Pioneer T.J. Dixon was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 24th round (706th overall) as an outfielder. Dixon leaves Samford University in runs 188 and games played with 231. He also leaves the conference as leader in stolen bases, triples, runs, hits, walks, games played. Dixon batted .326 this past season and last played for the Pioneers in 2014.

Another Pioneer was also drafted on Wednesday. Former Siena pitcher Taylor Ahearn was picked up by the Boston Red Sox in the 32nd round (971st overall) at pitcher. More recently, Ahearn pitched for Cal State San Marcos and earned conference pitcher of the week while winning seven games in 2017. Ahearn was the leader in the conference in innings pitched for Cal State San Marcos at (99.1). Ahearn last pitched for the Pioneers in 2016. 

Lastly, former Pioneer Garrett Schilling was selected by the Colorado Rockies a right-handed pitcher who played for Elmira in 2015. Schilling went (6-4) this past season and struck out 52 batters in 85 innings of work for Xavier University. 

Wednesday’s Elmira Pioneers marks a total of four former Pios drafted in two days. The bond of being an Elmira Pioneer helped give these new MLB Draft picks a greater appreciation for the game. It’s something manager Brian Hill credits that is something special in Elmira. 

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