June 7, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama junior left-handed pitcher Justin Kamplain was selected by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 2014 First-Year Major League Baseball Draft, with the 542nd selection overall.
Kamplain finished his junior season at Alabama with a 7-3 record and a 2.90 ERA in 15 appearances, all as a starter. His career-high seven wins led the Tide in 2014, while his 69 strikeouts in in 90 innings also led the club, while holding opponents to a .205 batting average.
The junior was also part of the school’s first nine-inning no-hitter in 78 years, as he combined with Jay Shaw and Geoffrey Bramblett to no-hit the Mississippi Valley State on March 8. Kamplain threw the first seven innings when he recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts. Kamplain also threw his only complete game when he went the distance in a 5-1 win over No. 6 LSU on May 10.
In three years with the Crimson Tide, Kamplain appeared in 50 games, 30 times as a starter, posting a 9-7 record with a 3.64 ERA. He’s thrown a total of 207.2 innings, with one complete game, 168 strikeouts and a .225 opponent’s batting average.
This is the second time Kamplain has been drafted. He was selected in the 22nd round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Walker High School in Jasper, Ala.
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