June 10, 2009
Orlando, Fla. - Lumberjack right-handed pitchers Richard Folmer and Chris Court were selected on Wednesday in the MLB Draft, giving SFA at least one player taken in the draft in each of its four years since bringing baseball back in 2006.
With Court's selection by the Boston Red Sox, it marks the second time the Red Sox have plucked a player from the SFA system. Folmer's selection is the first time the Kansas City Royals have taken a Lumberjack.
A junior from Bryan, Court was selected in the 23rd round with the 708th overall pick by the Red Sox, making him the third-highest Lumberjack ever selected with only Steven Hill (13th round in 2007) and Brian Steinocher (21st round in 2006) having gone higher.
A former catcher in high school, Court developed into a pitcher at Hill College where he pitched for two seasons before coming to SFA. As a Lumberjack he was a key part of one the best bullpens in the Southland Conference, and one of the most frequently used pitchers in the league. He finished seventh in the entire SLC with 28 appearances, posting a 3.95 ERA in 41.1 innings of work.
He struck out 38 hitters in that span, walking only 16 and holding hitters to a .215 average. As a right-hander, Court was even better against left-handers than right-handed hitters, holding lefties just a .133 average.
He went 11 straight appearances from April 29 to May 1 without allowing an earned run, a span of 19.2 innings during the middle of the season, and earned his lone save of the season at McNeese State with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief of a suspended game, striking out five.
Folmer was selected just two round later, in the 25th round with the 752nd overall selection by the Royals after posting his best season ever in four years at SFA.
The Houston native closed out his SFA career as the school's all-time leader in saves (21) and appearances (96), going 12 of 13 in save opportunities in 2009. Folmer got into 29 games this season, fanning 37 hitters in just 33.0 innings and holding hitters to a miniscule .162 average. Of the 18 hits he allowed in 2009, only three went for extra bases.
His splits were outstanding, as he held lefties to a .222 mark while using his slider to neutralize right-handers, holding them to just a .143 clip.
Folmer earned his first all-conference honors last year as well, being named to the All-SLC third team after tying for the league lead saves. He struck out a program-best 9.83 batters per nine innings in four years at SFA, finishing with 142 strikeouts in 130.0 innings.