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3 former Panthers selected in MLB Draft

Luis DeJesus Luis DeJesus
Byron Myles Byron Myles
Gandy Stubblefield Gandy Stubblefield
Chris McFarland Chris McFarland

Three former Lufkin Panthers have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

The Houston Astros selected pitcher Gandy Stubblefield in the 14th round. Stubblefield had just finished his senior year with the Panthers.

The Cleveland Indians drafted former Lufkin Panther and current Angelina College Roadrunner Luis DeJesus in the 11th round.

The pitcher finished his freshman year with an ERA of 1.99, with 31 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. He also tossed a no-hitter against Galveston College in his first collegiate start.

"My name popped up, they said 'Luis DeJesus,' and me and my mom freaked out and my phone started blowing up," DeJesus said. "I headed to my dad's work and saw him and he was in tears and so was the rest of my family."

The Milwaukee Brewers selected shortstop Christopher McFarland in the 18th round. McFarland also had just finished his senior year with the Panthers.

The Indians also selected SFA Lumberjack Bryson Myles, a junior from Grand Prairie, in the sixth round. The outfielder hit .371 with five home runs and 30 RBI.

"It makes me feel good to put SFA baseball a little bit more on the map than they were," Myles said. "Hopefully others can do more for the program."

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