Bour, Fournier, Pannell Selected in MLB Draft

Posted: June 12, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Three Mason baseball players were drafted on Friday in the second day of the 2007 Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft: Chris Fournier, Jason Bour and J.J. Pannell.

Fournier was chosen by the New York Mets in the 16th round, Bour was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the 23rd round and Pannell was tabbed by the San Francisco Giants in the 38th round.

Fournier, a redshirt junior second baseman, led the Patriots this season in batting, doubles, runs, on-base percentage and steals, and was among the national leaders in home runs per game, doubles per game and runs per game. He hit .369 with 14 homers, 20 doubles, 53 RBIs, 79 hits, 60 runs, a .668 slugging percentage and a .461 on-base percentage. He was 13 of 18 in steal attempts and he was named first-team All-CAA.

Fournier is currently second at Mason in career on-base percentage, fifth in career slugging percentage and 10th in career batting average. He’s also among the top 25 all-time at Mason in homers, doubles and runs.

Fournier played one year at the University of Notre Dame before transferring to Mason. He played for the Patriots in 2005, earned a medical redshirt in 2006 and returned to the lineup in 2007, playing in all 54 games.

Bour, a junior catcher, was among the national leaders in home runs per game and was second on the team in batting average, doubles and slugging percentage, third on the team in hits, RBIs and runs and fourth in home runs. Bour hit .366 with 13 homers, 17 doubles, 50 RBIs, 74 hits and 40 runs, while slugging .673.

Bour was named first-team All-CAA, and he is seventh all-time at Mason in career batting average. He closed 2007 with a hit in 26 of the season’s final 29 games. Bour spent a season at Hampden-Sydney College before transferring to Mason. He played for the Patriots in 2006, moving into the starting lineup a third of the way through the season, and he played in all but one game in 2007.

Pannell, a redshirt junior pitcher, was drafted for the second time. He was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 50th round of last year’s draft.

Pannell led the Patriots in starts, wins, innings pitched and strikeouts, and was named second-team All-CAA. He made 14 appearances, all as a starter, and compiled a 7-4 mark in 91 innings, with 58 strikeouts. He is top 20 all-time at Mason in wins, winning percentage, appearances, strikeouts, strikeouts per nine innings and fewest walks per nine innings.

The three players will have until Aug. 15 to sign with their respective teams. If the player does not sign, the club that drafted them loses their rights and the player cannot sign with a major league team until after next year’s draft. All have one year of eligibility remaining and can return to school if they so choose.

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