ETSU's Clinton Freeman: 'The Dodgers called'

Jonesborough's Clinton Freeman was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers selected the ETSU standout in the 18th round with the 549th overall pick.

"I talked to 13 or 14 teams on the phone and they weren't one of them," Freeman told News 5 WCYB.

"That's just the beauty of baseball and the anticipation of not being sure what is going to happen. The Dodgers called and it was really good getting that phone call. I think I went to the right spot. I just need to go there and play ball just like I did here."

Freeman is a two-time All-Atlantic Sun Conference players. He played in 188 games and batted .343 (246-718) with 52 doubles, nine triples, 31 home runs and 165 RBI in his four-year playing career with the Buccaneers.

On the mound, Freeman went 13-11 with an ETSU program-record 21 career saves in 83 appearances.

ETSU junior shortstop Chris Riopedre was drafted Saturday by the Washington Nationals. The Nationals picked up the Miami native with the 694th pick in the 23rd round.

Former Science Hill baseball player Will Carter was drafted 1,056th overall in the 35th round by the Texas Rangers. Carter plays for Walters State Community College.

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