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Faulkner's Johnny Shuttlesworth selected in MLB Draft

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Faulkner senior pitcher Johnny Shuttlesworth was chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round of Major League Baseball's Amateur Draft Saturday afternoon. The Tuscaloosa native was the 840th pick overall.

His selection by the Diamondbacks closes out a remarkable two weeks for Shuttlesworth, who led the Eagles to the Avista-NAIA World Series championship on Lewiston, Idaho, late last month, earning tournament most valuable player honors along the way.

Shuttlesworth becomes the second Faulkner pitcher drafted in the past two years, with Corey Black going in the fourth round to the New York Yankees last June.

"It's a dream come true," said Shuttlesworth, who led the nation in victories en route to a 16-1 record and 1.34 ERA for the Eagles in 2013. "It's what I've worked for since I started playing ball. It's just an amazing feeling. It's been an incredible couple of weeks. I couldn't ask for anything more."

Shuttlesworth's dominance helped lift Faulkner to both the Southern States Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, and the perfect 5-0 run through the World Series allowed the Eagles to finish their championship season with a 56-11 record.

"Johnny was the rock on our pitching staff, and was just so consistent each time out," Faulkner head coach Patrick McCarthy said. "He's a bulldog, and he attacks the strike zone. I think he will have a great opportunity to succeed in professional baseball. I know the Diamondbacks organization got a quality baseball player as well as a quality person. I'm extremely happy for him and his family."

Shuttlesworth will report to an Arizona rookie-league team next weekend for an extended evaluation.

"They told me I'd hear back from them after the draft was over with more details," he said. "Wherever they send me, I'll be ready to go."

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