Dean Anna, Kyle Heyne Drafted By San Diego Padres

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Release: June 07, 2008
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MUNCIE, Ind. -- A pair of Ball State baseball players have been drafted by the San Diego Padres organization.

The Padres selected Ball State shortstop Dean Anna and right-handed pitcher Kyle Heyne Friday on the second day of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

Anna went to the Padres in the 26th round with the 795th overall selection, while Heyne went in the 32nd round with the 975th overall pick.

Anna just completed his junior season at Ball State after transferring from John A. Logan College in Illinois. With a year of collegiate eligibility remaining, Anna has the option to sign with the Padres organization or return for his senior season at Ball State.

The shortstop hit .319 for the Cardinals in 2008 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI out of the leadoff spot. Anna added 17 doubles and seven triples for a total of 35 extra-base hits.

Heyne wrapped up his Ball State career in 2008 as a fifth-year senior. The right-hander was also drafted in 2007 by the Minnesota Twins but opted to return for his final season as a Cardinal.

Heyne anchored the Ball State bullpen in 2008 with a 1.34 ERA and eight saves. The closer leaves Ball State as the school’s all-time leader in appearances with 100 and the Mid-American Conference’s all-time saves leader with 32 in his career.

The selection of Anna and Heyne marks the 13th consecutive year Ball State has had at least one player drafted. Only two other Cardinals have ever been drafted by the Padres organization -- Thomas Howard (1986, first round) and Nick Witte (1996, 27th round).

It is the first time since 1999 that two Cardinals have been drafted by the same team. That year, former Ball State standouts Larry Bigbie (first round) and Jonathan Kessick (third round) were both taken by the Baltimore Orioles.

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