June 8, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Day two of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft has seen a pair of Tulane baseball players taken as Preston Claiborne was taken in the 17th round by the New York Yankees. Claiborne joins Rob Segedin - who was taken by the Yankees in the 3rd round - and give the Green Wave multiple players drafted for the 11th consecutive season.
Claiborne has been one of the main cogs in the Tulane bullpen over the past four seasons, ending his career with the fourth most appearances (84) in school history. He appeared in 20+ games during three of his four seasons at Tulane, with a career best 28 coming during his rookie season, and collected ten saves to rank tied for seventh on the all-time charts. He held opposing batters to a .260 in his career and struck out 163 batters in 157.2 innings of work.
The right-hander compiled an 8-7 record with his seven saves over 84 appearances and was a part of eight combined shutouts during his years on campus. He allowed 158 hits in just as many innings and his 9.30 strikeouts per nine innings ranks 13th in school history.
He is the fifth player ever to be drafted by the Yankees, joining teammate Rob Segedin and associate head coach Chad Sutter, along with former Green Wave standouts Andy Cannizaro (2001) and Robert Dearrah (1966).