Two Former Elmira Pioneers Drafted in MLB

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The Major League Baseball Draft (MLB) called on two former Elmira Pioneers on Tuesday afternoon. 

Old Dominion shortstop Zach Rutherford was selected in the 6th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, 169th overall. Rutherford becomes the highest infielder drafted from ODU since 2000, he last played for the Elmira Pioneers in 2015.

Rutherford batted a staggering .332 with 25 doubles, two homers and 56 RBI. Zach earned the Conference USA Defensive Player of The Year leading the league with 196 assists. Rutherford also earned first-team all conference. 

Fellow former Pio Logan Salow, a big closer on the mound, was selected by the Oakland A’s in the 6th round at 171st overall. Salow recorded 12 saves (tied for a school record) with a 1.95 ERA in 31 appearances for the Kentucky Wildcats. He struck out 73 and gave up just 37 hits all season.  

Salow also earned the SEC Pitcher of the Week in late March after recording three saves for the week of March 27th. He played in Elmira for the Pioneers back in 2015. 

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