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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:16 pm

The Mountain Pointe baseball program had three former players taken in the MLB first-year player draft.

All happen to be catchers.

Coincidence?

Not so much.

Not when the head coach and one the assistants were catchers at Division I programs during their playing careers.

"When you are a coach you naturally gravitate toward the position you know best," Mountain Pointe coach Brandon Buck said. "You pay special attention to the position because you feel you have some insight have played it yourself."

Buck was a catcher and earned the Clyde Lyle Award, given to the top player on the team who began career as a walk-on, his final year in 2000 and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten.

Assistant Brad Rogers played at Texas Christian, where he was named the team's defensive player of the year his senior year as a catcher in 2000.

Apparently they've have been able to pass on some of that knowledge as C.J. Cron (1st round), Kevin Cron (3rd round) and J.J. Ethel (49th round) all were taken in the draft by the Angels, Mariners and Dodgers, respectively.

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