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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Junior Kyle Roller was the fifth player from the 2009 Conference USA Champion East Carolina Pirates to hear his name called when the Oakland Athletics chose him in the 47th round with pick No. 1413 Thursday afternoon during the 2009 Major League Baseball First Year Amateur Player Draft.
Roller joins Stephen Batts (Philadelphia Phillies), Devin Harris (Baltimore Orioles), Chris Heston (San Francisco Giants) and Ryan Wood (Kansas City Royals) as other Pirates chosen in the draft.
Also taken on day three were 2010 signees Joseph Hughes (Washington Nationals/ Rd. 40/ Pick 1192), Chris Gosik (Philadelphia Phillies/ Rd. 49/ Pick 1487) and Tyler Joyner (Cleveland Indians/ Rd. 50/ Pick 1505). Hughes, Gosik and Joyner are the fifth, sixth and seventh ECU signees to be selected along with Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels), Nick McBride (Texas Rangers), Walker Gourley (Pittsburgh Pirates) and John Wooten (San Diego Padres).
Kyle Roller – 2009 Biographical Sketch
First-team All-America by Ping!Baseball … First-team All Conference USA as a designated hitter … Selected to the 2009 NCAA Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team … C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week (March 23) … National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)/Pro-Line National Hitter-of-the-Week (March 24) … Named to College Baseball Foundation and Diamond Sports National All-Star team (March 24) … Collegebaseballinsider.com Central Regional Player-of-the-Week (March 24) … One of five players to start all 66 games played … Set single-season highs in almost every offensive category including average (.336), runs (63), hits (86), doubles (12), home runs (16), RBIs (75), walks (32) and hit by pitches (24) … Recorded 24 multi-hit and 21 multi-RBI games … Collected four game-winning RBIs (Campbell, UNC Wilmington, Elon, Binghamton) … Had a pair of multi-HR games (UCF, Binghamton) – has four career multi-HR games … Against Binghamton in the NCAA Greenville Regional (May 31) tied an NCAA record with two home runs in the same inning … Established a new school record for being hit by a pitch in five consecutive games (March 17-22) … Drove in five runs twice (Monmouth, UCF) … Ranks among the national leaders in hit by pitches (4th), RBIs (23rd), total bases (74th), home runs (79th) and hits (92nd) … Recorded three seven-game hit streaks and a six-game streak … From March 17-22 he batted .551 (13-for-22) with four home runs, 15 RBI, two walks and was hit five times in the Pirates perfect 5-0 week … Three of his four home runs during that span came in league play, he scored 11 runs including tying a career-high with four against UCF in the series opener and posted four multi-hit and multi-RBI games … Ranks among the league leaders in average, runs, total bases, hits, on-base percentage, RBIs, home runs, hit by pitches … In C-USA action batted .355 (33-for-93) with six home runs, 29 RBIs, four doubles and scored 33 runs … Led the Pirates with a .429 batting average (12-for-28) with three home runs, 10 RBIs and seven runs scored in the NCAA Tournament … Preseason first-team All C-USA (Baseball America) … Finished junior season ranked among the school’s all-time leaders in hit by pitches (1st/38), home runs (t4th/39), slugging percentage (7th/.576), RBIs (t8th/155), on-base percentage (9th/.429) and total bases (15th/329) … Single-Game Caree-Highs: at-bats: 6 (four times, last vs. Elon 4/21/09); runs: 4 (twice, last vs. UCF 3/20/09); hits: 5 vs. UCF (3/20/09); RBI: 6 (twice, last vs. Elon 3/18/08); home runs: 2 (four times, last vs. Binghamton 5/31/09); stolen bases: 1 (nine times, last vs. Binghamton 5/31/09).