Mark Threlkeld to Forego Senior Year at Louisiana Tech

Mark Threlkeld will sign with the Kansas City Royals organization Thursday.
 
Mark Threlkeld will sign with the Kansas City Royals organization Thursday.
 

June 9, 2011

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech third baseman Mark Threlkeld will forego his senior collegiate season as he is expected to sign a professional contract Thursday afternoon. Threlkeld was recently drafted in the 25th round of the MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals organization.

During the 2011 season, Threlked played in all 61 games for Tech, hitting .309 with a team-leading 71 hits and team-best 45 runs. A native of Monroe, he drove in 45 runs and was named second team all-Western Athletic Conference.

"My time at Louisiana Tech was wonderful and I am very grateful for the opportunity," Threlkeld said. "I have really enjoyed my career in Ruston. It has always been a dream of mine to play at the next level. I am looking forward to that and excited to get my professional career going."

A reliable corner infielder, Threlkeld hit .309 in his three years at Tech, playing in 158 games and starting in 145 games. He has recorded 186 hits and 132 runs in his career to date.

Threlkeld was one of three Louisiana Tech juniors drafted in this week's MLB Draft. Contract details were not immediately disclosed but he is expected to report to the team's training facility in Arizona on Saturday.

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