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Spartan Stars Take Next Step in Baseball Career

The University of Tampa baseball team capped off a 40-17 2009 season with four Spartans drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Three of the four ball players have signed with their respective organizations. Alex Koronis, Danny Keefe and Jose Jimenez have each signed with their minor league clubs.

Koronis was the first Spartan to have his name called as he was taken in the 11th round by the home-town Tampa Bay Rays. He will pitch in the Rookie Appalachian League for the Princeton Rays.

Keefe, taken in the 14th round by the Chicago Cubs, has already appeared in two games for the Boise Hawks of the Class A Short Season Northwest League.

For the second straight year the Los Angeles Angels drafted Jimenez. He has played in five games in the Arizona Rookie League, slugging one home-run along with four runs batted in.

Carmine Giardina , taken in the 22nd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, remains unsigned. The left-handed pitcher still has one year of eligibility giving him the option to return to school.

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