CARBONDALE — SIU junior pitcher Justin Yeager was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 33rd round of the 2019 MLB draft on Wednesday.

Two other Saluki signees were also drafted during the three-day event, Marion High School pitcher Mitchell Jackson and State Fair Community College infielder Gavin Jones. Jones went in the 27th round to the Oakland Athletics, and Jackson went in the 36th round to the Atlanta Braves.

Yeager led the Salukis in ERA (2.88), strikeouts (47) and opponent batting average (.173). He was even better in league play, holding opponents to a .129 average and posting a 2.61 ERA in 10 appearances. Yeager holds a career 2.97 ERA in his three-year Saluki career. He allowed just 46 hits in 63.2 career innings.

Yeager went two or more innings in nine of his 24 appearances in 2019, including eight of his final 14 appearances. He allowed more than one earned run just four times in 45 career appearances.

Yeager is the eighth Saluki pitcher drafted in the last eight years.

— Saluki Media Services

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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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