HATTIESBURG (SouthernMiss.com) – Tim Lynch, who recently finished his four-year collegiate baseball career at Southern Miss, earned selection in the ninth round (No. 278 pick overall) by the New York Yankees, Friday, in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
It is the fourth-straight year Southern Miss has had a player taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft and Lynch marks the first Golden Eagle taken in the Top 10 rounds since Bradley Roney’s selection in the 8th round in 2014. The Yankees now have picked a Southern Miss player for the second year in a row after opted for right-handed pitcher Cody Carroll in the 22nd round last year.
Lynch, a first-team All-Conference USA performer, led the Golden Eagles this spring in batting average (.365), runs batted in (59) and walks (39) and among team leaders in hits (85), doubles (12), home runs (10), runs (49) and total bases (127).
He enjoyed a career-best 12-game hitting streak, which tied with Jake Sandlin for longest by a Golden Eagle this season, while also having two 11-game hitting streaks. Lynch went hitless in only 13 games and only three where he failed to reach base via hit, walk, hit-by-pitch or error. Against UTSA on March 25, he delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth.
For his career, the Jupiter, Fla., native accumulated a .300 batting mark in 222 games (213 starts) with 37 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs to go along with 142 RBI. He also added 84 walks and was hit by a pitch 29 times during his career. Defensively, Lynch totaled a .990 fielding percentage, playing mostly first and third base during his career and notched 1,743 fielding attempts, committing just 18 errors in his Southern Miss career.
The final day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft take place Saturday with the selection of rounds 11-40, which starts at 11 a.m. CT. The draft can be followed at mlb.com.
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