As the Major League Baseball amateur draft came to a close on day two, a pair of Georgia Southern Eagles found themselves headed to the show.
After being a part of two Southern Conference Championship teams, Matt Murray and Andy Moye heard their names called on Tuesday.
Murray, a 6-foot-3 right hander from Spring City, Pa., landed with the Kansas City Royals as the fifth selection the 10th round.
Murray, the SoCon Pitcher of the Year, was the first athlete from the conference to be drafted.
"I was really surprised to be the first Southern Conference player to be taken," said Murray. "The Southern Conference is a great league and I was really happy to play in it for three years."
After being drafted out of high school, Murray came to Georgia Southern because he felt he was not quite ready for the big leagues.
"It’s a big learning curve, but coming [to GSU] was a humbling experience. You’ve got to learn how to pitch, how to play. The coaches did a great job with me teaching me the game the right way," said Murray.
Taken with the 306 pick overall, Murray, a junior, is looking forward to negotiating a contract.
"Their minor league system is one of the best in the MLB, so I’m real excited about getting started," Murray said.
Five rounds later with the 461 pick overall, the Milwaukee Brewers drafted Moye, a senior from Alpharetta.
"It was an extremely exciting feeling, a dream come true for me," said Moye. I always wanted to do this and chase my dream of professional baseball. I’ve played my whole life and it’s unbelievable, hard to put into words the feeling I had and the feeling my family has for me."
This is the third time Moye has been drafted. He was drafted out of high school as well as his junior year at GSU. He felt that returning to play his senior year was the right choice.
"To come back and have the year I had, obviously the best year of my career, and the most fun I’ve ever had, and for us to win that SoCon title a few weeks ago is one of the best feelings I’ve had as a baseball player," Moye said.
In his five years at Southern, Moye marks the program as an "unbelievable" experience.
"I’ve grown up there as a player and as an individual," Moye said. "Being able to play in a program like that is remarkable with the fan support and the community. It’s been great to me, I’m just so thankful I was given the opportunity to live my life [in Statesboro]."
The draft concludes today with rounds 31-50 and begins at noon. Live updates of the day’s selections are available on MLB.com.