Dodgers draft former Juneau athlete

Los Angeles tabs Justin Fuller in the 11th round

Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected former Juneau resident Justin Fuller in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday.

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Fuller, selected 323rd overall, graduated from Lynnwood (Wash.) High School before playing at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Fuller also played for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in the Alaska Baseball League.

Tuesday's selection by Los Angeles capped what was an outstanding couple of weeks for Fuller.

The 22-year-old second baseman recently helped lead the Warriors to the NAIA national championship with a 5-4 win in 11 innings over Cumberland (Tenn.) University on Friday.

Fuller went 2-for-6 with two runs scored, an RBI and a home run in the win. He was awarded the Charles Barry Hustle Award for his play in the tournament.

He was named the NAIA Region I Most Valuable Player this season. The NAIA is the national collegiate athletic organization for small colleges and universities.

Fuller batted .347 with a team-high 40 RBIs for the Warriors this season. In his four years at Lewis-Clark.

The next step for Fuller will be negotiating a contract with Los Angeles and being assigned to one of the Dodgers' minor league affiliates.

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