Summer 2008: Eagles Score

Frank Pfister

major league: Frank Pfister 08C is the fourth Eagle to be drafted for pro baseball since 1991. The former third baseman joins the Cincinnati Reds this year.

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Emory grad Frank Pfister drafted by the Cincinnati Reds

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Former Emory third baseman Frank Pfister 08C was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the seventeenth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Pfister was chosen by the Reds with the 509th-overall pick—the highest an Emory position player has ever achieved— and was the third Division III player to be chosen in the 2008 draft.

The twenty-one-year-old Los Angeles native is the fourth Eagle to have been drafted since the University reinstated its varsity program in 1991 after a century-long absence.

“Frank was not only one of the most talented players to ever put on an Emory uniform, but one of the best kids,” said Head Coach Mike Twardoski. “I am so proud of his maturity level both on and off the field.”

Pfister gained national recognition during the Eagles’ 2007 run to the NCAA Division III World Series, capturing the South Regional Tournament’s Most Valuable Player honor while batting .640 during the five-game stretch. He batted .379 in 2008, leading the team with six home runs and 51 runs batted in. A .369 hitter with nine home runs and 143 runs batted in over 162 career games, Pfister finished his Emory career with 220 hits.

The Reds rookie was named the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) Most Valuable Player and the South Region’s Gold Glove third baseman, along with a selection to the ABCA/Rawlings all-South Region second team. Pfister is a three-time all-UAA first team honoree.

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