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June 8, 2005

Columbia, S.C. – University of South Carolina pitcher Aaron Rawl was selected in the 21st round by Philadelphia on Wednesday as the 637th pick overall in the 2005 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Rawl finished his career at South Carolina with a 35-15 record overall. The 35 wins is the third best total by a pitcher in their career at USC.

Rawl went 9-6 in 2005 with a 3.20 ERA in 115.1 innings pitched. As a junior, Rawl tallied a 13-4 record with a 4.28 ERA in 122 innings pitched. He led the team in wins during his junior and senior years of play.

As a sophomore, he totaled a 6-3 record with six saves pitching in 61 innings with an ERA of 3.84. He compiled a 7-2 record with 69 strikeouts, 23 walks, and a 3.89 ERA his freshman season appearing in 28 games with three starts and working 71.2 innings pitched. He had two College World Series decisions, a complete game win over Georgia Tech and was the starting pitcher in the national championship game against Texas.

Rawl, a native of Lexington, S.C., came to USC from Lexington High School where he was coached by Tom Williams, a former Gamecock infielder. Rawl is the fourth Gamecock player to be drafted in the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft.