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Florida Tech senior left-handed pitcher Jonathan Cornelius was taken in the 24th round of the MLB first-year player draft by the St. Louis Cardinals with pick No. 740.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Cornelius is a 2006 graduate of Land O'Lakes High.
As a senior at Florida Tech, Cornelius went 8-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 15 appearances. The Southpaw struck out a NCAA Division II-best 129 batters in 98 innings. That mark was a single-season Florida Tech school record for strikeouts
In 2010, Cornelius went 8-4 with a 4.17 ERA and led the Panthers with 95 strikeouts. As a sophomore, Cornelius led all Florida Tech pitchers with a 2.19 ERA.
At Land O'Lakes, Cornelius went 6-3 both as a junior and a senior for head coach Calvin Baisley's Gators.