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Baseball's Bortnick Selected by Tampa Bay in the 16th Round of the MLB Draft

Baseball's Bortnick Selected by Tampa Bay in the 16th Round of the MLB Draft

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CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina University senior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was taken in the 16th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.   Bortnick, an infielder, hit .363 with 13 doubles, 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 63 games for Coastal Carolina.  He had a .566 slugging percentage and a .469 on-base percentage while leading the team with 27 multi-hit games. A Second Team All-Big South honoree, he had a 13-game hitting streak to open the season and had two home runs in a win over Elon April 7. Bortnick went 4-for-4 with three runs scored in a win over VMI May 9 and hit .382 in Big South contests. He was 3-for-5 with three RBI in a win over Radford April 11 and is second on the team with 59 runs scored.    Bortnick joins Nick McCully as Chanticleers drafted on Wednesday. McCully went in the ninth round to the St. Louis Cardinals.