Jurica Drafted in Third Round

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Carter Jurica was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the 23rd pick of the third round (No. 105 overall) during the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Tuesday.

Jurica, the fifth Big 12 player taken in this year's draft, is the highest Wildcat position player to be taken in the regular draft since Jack Woolsey was also selected by the Giants in the second round in 1969. The Katy, Texas, product is also the highest Wildcat drafted since pitcher Bob Lesslie was taken with the first overall selection of the 1972 draft.

Jurica, who can play both second base and shortstop, is the eighth Kansas State player picked by San Francisco, including the second in as many years after the organization selected the Wildcats' 2009 shortstop, Drew Biery, in the 22nd round last year.

Coming off a banner year, Jurica holds a career .333 batting average, including a .363 mark as a junior. He turned out to be one of the better home run hitters in school history as he hit 13 homers this past season, including two in the NCAA Regional. His 13 homers are tied for fourth in school history, while he drove in 69 runs in 2010, which is tied for the third-most at Kansas State.

Jurica is also in the top 10 in six school career records as he is fourth in sacrifice flies (14), fifth in stolen bases (50), seventh in hit-by-pitch (21) and 10th in runs scored (146), singles (136) and total bases (310).

The draft continues Tuesday as teams select through Round 30. Rounds 31-50 of the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft will be conducted Wednesday.