Troy’s Bryant drafted in ninth round

Published 7:28 am Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Troy University's Adam Bryant (6) runs during an NCAA baseball game against Western Kentucky University in Troy, Ala., Friday, April 22, 2011. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

Just two days after playing the last game of his collegiate career, Troy senior shortstop Adam Bryant was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the ninth round of the Major League Draft.

“I am excited to get the opportunity to keep playing baseball,” Bryant said. “Being drafted professionally has always been a dream of mine and to being selected in the 9th round is a great way to start my career. My time at Troy will help prepare me for this opportunity and I want to thank Coach Pierce and the coaching staff for helping me throughout my career. I will always have great memories playing for the Trojans and will miss the fans and their support.”

Bryant left his mark all over the Troy baseball career records as a four year starter for the Trojans. A two-time All-American, he is first at Troy in the following categories: games played (217), at-bats (829), hits (276), runs scored (184), triples (11), total bases (476). He finished 2nd in doubles (55), runs batted in (187) and finished third in career homers with 41. He was also named 3rd team All-American by Louisville Slugger last week.

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Head Coach Bobby Pierce said he and staff are proud of Bryant. “ ” He has been a great player here for four years and is being rewarded for all his hard work and success on the field. I am confident he will continue to work hard and progress through the minor league system. In all my years of coaching, I’ve never had a player work harder than Adam.”