MONTGOMERY, Ala. ----- Auburn University at Montgomery pitcher Cory McGinnis was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 22nd round, the 681st overall selection, Wednesday during the third day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
McGinnis became the eighth member of the Warhawks' baseball program to be drafted by a MLB team and the first since former All-American Cody Shields was selected by the Cubs in the 15th round in 2009.
"It is such a great feeling to have an chance to continue playing baseball," McGinnis said. "I am very appreciative that the White Sox organization has given me that opportunity. I am ready to hit the ground running and show them they made a good decision."
A native of Allison Park, Penn., McGinnis spent just one season with the Warhawks, following a one-year stint at the University of South Alabama.
"I couldn't have dreamed of a better fit than AUM for me," McGinnis added. "The people really made the experience a great one. The coaches took a personal interest in me and really helped me become a better player. Finding AUM was awesome."
In his lone season with the Warhawks, McGinnis made 18 appearances and posted a 6-4 record with a 4.42 earned run average. He struck out 65 hitters in 71 1/3 innings and allowed opponents to hit .243 on the season. He struck out at least one hitter in each of his appearances, including four or more in seven outings.
McGinnis thrived under the pressure, enjoying his best outings against the steepest of competition. Against Faulkner, who was ranked No. 8 at the time, he tossed six, five-hit innings, matched a season-high with nine strikeouts, and defeated SSAC Pitcher of the Year Corey Black in the process. In the Warhawks first game of the NAIA Opening Round Tournament, McGinnis allowed just four hits and one run in eight strong innings against Biola (Calif.) to keep the team in the winner's bracket of the tournament.
Prior to joining the Warhawks, McGinnis spent one season playing for USA, where he made 16 appearances, posted a 1-1 record with a 7.65 earned run average and three saves. Before signing with the Jaguars, he posted an 11-2 record with a 3.93 ERA in 68 2/3 innings at Shelton State Community College. He was named to the Northern division second-team all-conference team and ranked second in NJCAA Division I Region 22 in hits allowed (53), hits per nine innings (6.95), strikeouts per nine innings (10.88) and wins. He helped lead the Buccaneers to a 46-19 record as a sophomore, leading the Buccaneers to the 2009 ACCC state championship and a National Junior College Athletic Association World Series appearance. He originally signed with Winthrop University out of high school, making seven appearances with the Eagles as a freshman.
"We are extremely happy for Cory," AUM Associate Head Coach Marty Lovrich said. "He has been drafted before, but is more mature now and seems to have figured some things out with his mechanics that will really help him. This is a great opportunity that he has worked very hard for. We wish his the very best."
McGinnis was also selected in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 44th round.