GREENWOOD – The Lander baseball team had two players selected on the final day of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior right-handed pitcher Alex Moore was the first Bearcat selected, taken in the 18th round (552nd overall) by the Chicago Cubs while senior right-hander Ryan Troutman followed as the Pittsburgh Pirates made him their 26th round pick (784th overall).
The two selections give the Bearcats 10 draft picks in program history. Lander's nine picks since 2014 are the second-most in the Peach Belt Conference during that span.
Moore made 20 starts and 27 appearances on the mound in his two full seasons with the Bearcats. The Sarasota, Fla., native emerged as Lander's ace during his senior season, holding down the Friday spot in Lander's rotation throughout the entire campaign. He led the Bearcats' staff with 84 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched in 2019. Moore began the season ranked as the No. 31-ranked prospect on Perfect Game's Division II list.
A third baseman and catcher during his first two seasons in Greenwood, Troutman blossomed into the Bearcats' closer in his senior year, leading the pitching staff with seven saves. In 2019, the St. George, S.C., native limited opponents to nine earned runs in 27.1 innings, good for a 2.96 ERA. Troutman made 43 appearances on the mound for Lander in his career, notching 41 strikeouts in 43.1 innings of work.