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Northwestern's Geoff Rowan Selected by Tampa Bay in MLB Draft

Naperville native and Neuqua Valley High graduate Geoff Rowan was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 39th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Naperville native and Neuqua Valley High graduate Geoff Rowan was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 39th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Northwestern senior catcher Geoff Rowan (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 39th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Wednesday afternoon.

Rowan was one of the most-improved players in the Big Ten during the 2012 season. He appeared in 52 games this season, including making 49 starts. Rowan ranked second on the Wildcats with a .291 batting average while throwing out 41 percent of baserunners who attempted to steal, recording a conference-best 30 caught stealing.

He posted 12 multi-hit games as a senior and successfully reached base in 15 consecutive contests from March 10 through April 8. Rowan posted a season-high three hits against Seton Hall Feb. 19.

He played a huge role in Northwestern's pitching staff ranking fourth in the Big Ten with a 3.82 ERA overall, including 3.47 in league play. For his efforts, Rowan was named to the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award which honors the nation's top collegiate catcher.

Rowan appeared in 175 career contests, including making 149 starts. He was twice named an Academic All-Big Ten recipient.

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