LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University’s Cory Farris was selected in the 45th round by the Chicago White Sox in the in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Farris is the second Bulldog taken in this year’s draft after the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Will Locante in the 11th round on Tuesday.
Farris batted .279 in 62 games this season for CU, starting 50 contests in rightfield and another second behind the plate. The Florence, Ky., native collected nine doubles, 12 home runs and 53 RBIs along with 50 runs scored while starting every contest in 2011. He ranked second on the club in home runs and RBIs and tied for the team-high with two triples.
Farris is the 35th player selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft under head coach Woody Hunt. Farris, like Locante, has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining should be choose to return to Cumberland. The duo has until April 15 to sign a professional contract; otherwise the selecting team loses the player’s rights and they are eligible for the 2012 draft.