Logan Browning has been selected by the San Diego Padres in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. The junior pitcher/outfielder was the 1,098th player chosen overall. He joins teammates Jake Walsh, who was picked in the 16th round by the St. Louis Cardinals, and Mitch Reeves, who was a 32nd round pick by the Cleveland Indians, as Florida Southern players drafted by Major Baseball in today's portion of the draft.
Browning led the Sunshine State Conference with 107 strikeouts (14th most in the NCAA Division II) as the Moccasins recorded 481 strikeouts as a team, second-most in school history. The lefthander was 8-2 on the season with a 3.95 earned run average and walked just 32 batters in his 93.1 innings pitched.
His 16 games started tied Walsh for the conference lead while both players tied for seventh in the NCAA Division II. Browning's eight wins were second most in the SSC.
When not pitching, Browning either started in right field or was the team's designated hitter and was second on the squad with a .380 batting average with a team-high 12 doubles. He knocked out seven homers and drove in 45 runs while posting a .589 slugging percentage.
Browning was named to the first-team All-America squad by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association as a utility player/pitcher was also a D2CCA first-team All-South selection. In addition, he was a first-team All-conference honoree.
Browning is the sixth Moccasin to be drafted by the Padres and the first since Terry Gilmore was picked in the 20th round of the 1987 MLB Draft. He is the 113th Florida Southern player chosen in the history of the draft.
Florida Southern's highest pick in the draft was Brett Tomko, who went in the second round, 54th player overall, to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1995 draft. Tomko went on to win 100 games over 13 seasons in the Major Leagues. Current Moccasin head coach, Lance Niekro, was the Mocs' second highest pick, also being selected in the second round, 61st overall, by the San Francisco Giants in the 2000 draft.