Steller Drafted, Filson Signs as Free Agent

Posted: June 15, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Junior right-handed pitcher Mike Steller was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 39th round of the 2000 Amateur Baseball Draft last week, and senior third baseman Greg Filson signed a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Steller, who continues to negotiate with the Rangers and could return to George Mason for his senior season in 2001, is the eighth Patriot player to be drafted by Texas. A total of 21 George Mason players have signed with major league clubs after being drafted since 1978. Two former Patriots are currently on major league rosters–catcher Chris Widger is in his fourth full season with the Montreal Expos and his fifth year in the majors, and Mike Colangelo is on the disabled list with the Anaheim Angels.

Steller struggled to a 3-4 record and a 6.35 earned run average in 2000 as he came back from shoulder surgery in 1999. He tied for third on the team with 10 games started, and was fourth with 56 innings pitched and 26 strikeouts. Selected by Baseball America as the top pitching prospect in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) prior to his injury in 1999, Steller had a 5-4 record with a 3.78 earned run average for the Patriots in 1998. For his career, he has a 9-10 record with a 4.78 earned run average in 41 games, making 23 starts. In 175 innings, he has walked 28 and struck out 110.

Filson was selected to the All-CAA first team at third base this season, the second time he has been an All-CAA choice. He also was a first-team selection at third base in 1998. He was one of two George Mason players to play in and start all 56 games this season. He ranked second on the team with a .333 batting average, and was tied for second with 44 runs batted in, was fourth with 12 stolen bases, and was tied for sixth with four home runs.

George Mason completed the 2000 season with a 21-34-1 overall record, 7-14 and in seventh place in the CAA.

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