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Baseball - Thu, Jun. 11, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca right-hander Tim Dunn, the 2009 TranSouth Player of the Year, was picked in the 46th round of the Major League Baseball first-year player amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Dunn was 12-0 with a 1.81 earned run average and earned NAIA All-America First Team honors as a junior this spring. Dunn is 24-1 over the last two seasons. As a sophomore he was 12-1 and was named a Junior College All-American for Logan College.

Dunn commented on his waiting over the last two days to see if he would be taken, "I'm excited about being drafted because it's something you hope for when you start playing baseball as a kid. There was one part of me that expected it and another that wasn't so sure. The San Diego Padres were talking to me early in the draft and when that didn't work out I began to think it might not happen."


"If the offer from the Reds is right, then I'd have to take it, but at this point I'm working out and making plans to return to Trevecca in the fall and working toward another great Trojan baseball season and a higher draft position."

Trevecca baseball coach Jonathan Burton knows Dunn has professional baseball material, "Tim is a winner as evidenced by his 24-1 record the last two seasons. He is already a professional in the way he carries himself and he's going to get a chance to play after college. He's as good a pitcher as we've had come through our program in some time."

"We want the best for Tim and his family and if that's with the Cincinnati Reds organization this year, we'll be his biggest fans. Whether it's now or next year, Tim has all the tools to be successful and turn heads at the next level."

The last Trojan to be drafted was center fielder Brad Coon, who was drafted in the 15th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005.

Dunn was the first Trojan to be named to the NAIA All-American First Team since fellow hurler Eric Van Slyke was selected in 2006.

Dunn had six complete games and one shutout and ranked in the top 10 of six NAIA pitching statistics this season. He ended the regular season with the most wins (12) and was number seven in runs allowed per game (1.31). Eighth in hits allowed per nine (5.91) and earned run average (1.83). He was ninth in opponent's batting average (.191) and tenth in earned runs allowed per game (1.12).