June 4, 2002
Columbia, SC – South Carolina junior SS Drew Meyer was selected by the Texas Rangers as the 10th overall draft pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday afternoon. Meyer was the second college player selected in this year’s draft and is the highest drafted player in South Carolina history.
In his third year at Carolina, Meyer has set three single-season records. Meyer set the single-season record for hits with 111 this year as well as one-base hits with 80. Meyer also set the record for at bats in a season with 293 trips to the plate.
Meyer has earned All-American honors this year from Collegiate Baseball as well as first team All-SEC. Meyer is currently second on the team in hitting with a .379 batting average and has started all 66 games for at shortstop. Meyer owns a team-high 36 stolen bases as well as a team-high 77 runs scored.
Meyer is the third shortstop in the last four years to be selected in the MLB Draft. Adam Everett was the 12th overall pick in 1998 to the Boston Red Sox. Everett was the opening-day starting shortstop this year for the Houston Astros. In 1999, Brian Roberts was a supplemental first round draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles and is currently in his second season up at the Major Leagues with Baltimore.