More Mason Baseball Players Get MLB Nod

Posted: June 12, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Two more Mason baseball players were drafted by Major League Baseball (MLB) in the Amateur Draft. The Baltimore Orioles selected George Mason pitcher Jason Mills in the 48th round of the draft on June 7. In addition, pitcher J.J. Pannell was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 50th round during the two-day 50-round draft.

Catcher Robby Jacobsen was previously drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 22nd round.

Mills was injured early in the season, appearing in only two games this season in relief. He earned one save and had a 9.00 ERA.

The Hatfield, Pa., native had a tremendous junior season, leading the Patriots with 23 appearances and six saves. He moved into second place on the school’s career saves list with 10. Mills was a perfect 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA. The Patriots recorded a 15-0 record when he entered with the game tied or Mason leading.

Mills sophomore season stood out as well, as he led the team in appearances with 22 and saves with 4. He posted a 4-3 record, including 1-1 as a starter, with a 4.41 ERA.

Right-handed pitcher Pannell completed his second season with the Patriots after a redshirt year in 2004. The Springfield, Va., native appeared in 15 games this season, including nine as a starter, finishing with a 2-5 record and one save. He finished with a 7.61 ERA in 62.2 innings pitched.

In 2005, he was second on the team in appearances with 18 and led the team in ERA with a 2.73 mark. He limited the opposition to a .248 batting average. The Patriots earned a 13-5 record in games in which he appeared. He earned a win in the 2005 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament against the University of Delaware, allowing no earned runs in three innings.

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