June 6, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball redshirt junior Randy LeBlanc was selected in the tenth round (290th overall) by the Minnesota Twins on Friday during the second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
LeBlanc became the 93rd player in the history of the Green Wave program to be selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft while also becoming the first Green Wave player taken off the board through the first ten rounds of the draft this year.
LeBlanc has one year of eligibility remaining, should he decide to return to Tulane.
The right-handed pitcher is no stranger to the draft process, as he almost never attended Tulane after being picked in the 16th round pick (497th overall) by the then-Florida Marlins out of Covington High School in 2010.
Fortunately for the Green Wave, LeBlanc enrolled at Tulane, where he became one of the more dominant pitchers over the last decade. The 6-4 righty went 10-11 during his four years at Tulane, making 41 appearances with 33 starts. LeBlanc posted an ERA of 3.76, while striking out 144 over 208.1 innings.
During his freshman campaign, LeBlanc suffered a season-ending injury on March 5, just three games into his career. Across 15.2 innings that season prior to the setback, LeBlanc fanned 22 while walking just five.
LeBlanc eased back into action during the 2012 season, going 2-2 with a 5.82 ERA in ten appearances with six starts. The native of Abita Springs, La., totaled 28 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.
In his redshirt sophomore season of 2013, LeBlanc came on strong towards the end of the campaign, first as a midweek starter in April before eventually moving into the weekend rotation. LeBlanc went 4-4 on the season with a 4.60 ERA in 62.2 innings, including a big win against an NCAA Regional Louisiana-Lafayette squad.
His senior year was easily his most outstanding, as the lanky right-handed pitcher posted an ERA of 2.46 while going 4-5 in a team-leading 14 starts. LeBlanc posted 66 strikeouts over 91.1 innings, and he recorded the first two complete games of his career - one against Marshall in a rain-shortened game and one against Rice. LeBlanc saved his finest performance for what could be his final game in a Green Wave uniform - despite not picking up a decision - by pitching a career-high 8.1 innings of four-hit ball while striking out five in a 3-2 win over FIU.
With the selection of LeBlanc, the Twins are now tied with the Cleveland Indians for the franchise who has selected the most Green Wave players in the draft. In addition to the aforementioned pitchers selected by the Twins, the AL-Central squad has selected outfielder David Smith (fifth round, 1987), catcher Steve Riley (25th round, 1984), outfielder Barry Butera (fourth round, 1980), third baseman David Stokes (seventh round 1979) and catcher Mark Maher (seventh round, 1978). Stokes elected to return to Tulane for the 1980 season, and he was then selected by the Texas Rangers in the 13th round.
Other Green Wave players that have been selected in the tenth round of the draft are Brennan Middleton (Washington Nationals, 2013), Josh Zeid (Philadelphia Phillies, 2009), Steve Rowley (Texas Rangers, 1989), Tookie Spann (Seattle Mariners, 1987), Wayne Francingues (Chicago White Sox, 1969) and David Flettrich (Cleveland Indians, 1965). Spann and Flettrich did not sign.
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