AUBURN, Ala. -- While the Kyle Parker watch hovers over Clemson athletics, the two-sports star is not the only threat to leave Clemson as Major League Baseball's draft continues today and Wednesday.

Baseball America projects Clemson junior left-handed pitcher Casey Harman to be selected between the sixth and 10th rounds.

Harman helped himself at the Auburn Regional, throwing his first career complete game against Auburn on Saturday in front of a half-dozen scouts.

Baseball America's draft preview included a scouting report on Harman: "Miscast as a staff ace, (Harman) is a solid three-pitch left-hander with steady stuff, including an 85-89 mph fastball with good sink. His straight changeup and slider are fringe-average."

Other Clemson underclassmen prospects include left fielder Jeff Schaus and third baseman John Hinson.

In college baseball the threats don't end with draft-eligible underclassmen as incoming signing classes can also be raided.

The best example is Clemson's 2002 class when Tigers signees Zack Greinke, Jeff Francoeur, Matt Whitney and Jeremy Hermida were selected in the first 50 picks and bypassed Clemson.

Last season, Clemson lost signee Madison Younginer in addition to underclassmen Chris Dwyer, Ben Paulsen and Graham Stoneburner.

Clemson signee Steve Wilkerson, an Atlanta-area shortstop, is on the Atlanta Braves' early-round radar according to Baseball America. Another signee Kevin Pohle, a 6-4 right-handed pitcher/outfielder out of St. Louis, is drawing significant draft interest, too.


About the same time the major league draft began Monday evening, Parker launched a three-run, first-inning home run to right-center at Plainsman Park, becoming the first Division I athlete to reach 20 home runs and 20 touchdown passes in the same athletic year.

What pressure?

Parker was projected by Baseball America to be selected by Colorado with the 26th overall pick, and that was where he was taken, by the Colorado Rockies.

More on the shot heard 'round Alabama

Making the three-run, ninth-inning blast that forced Monday's elimination game more interesting is its back story.

The shot came via an Auburn High School product, Creede Simpson, who graduated from Auburn High and then spent a year Northwest Florida College before transferring to Auburn.

Simpson might have not entered the game had Trent Mummey not swung on a 2-0 count earlier in the game. Mummey apparently angered Auburn coach John Pawlowski by ignoring a take sign, and Mummey was replaced by Simpson, though Pawlowski cited injury as reason for the substitution.

Regardless, Auburn fans were calling it perhaps the most electric moment in Plainsman Park history.