June 22, 2005

BRYAN MULHERN SIGNS FREE AGENT CONTRACT WITH HOUSTON ASTROS

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Former Washington and Lee baseball player Bryan Mulhern '04 (Chadds Ford, Pa./Unionville) has signed a free agent contract with the Houston Astros organization.

Mulhern has reported to the Tri-City ValleyCats, the organization's Class A Rookie League team in Troy, N.Y. The club competes in the New York-Penn League and began play with the season-opener on June 21.

Mulhern received a call from the Astros on June 16 and reported to the club shortly thereafter, playing two innings in a 17-4 loss to the Oneonta Tigers last evening. Prior to signing with the Astros, Mulhern had signed a contract with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Independent Frontier League.

"I'm just happy to receive another chance to continue playing," said Mulhern. "It's very exciting to have a chance to play professional baseball. Getting a second chance like this is certainly a blessing. We'll see how it goes, but I am hopeful that I can stick around and hopefully impress some people."

At Washington and Lee, Mulhern was a four-year letterwinner and a two-year captain. A two-time First Team All-ODAC selection, he played the outfield, pitched and caught for the Generals. Mulhern finished his career with a .341 average, 33 doubles, 20 homeruns and a school-record 130 RBI. On the mound, he went 9-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 112.0 innings of work.

Mulhern is the third W&L baseball player to sign a professional contract in the last six years. He joins Christian Batcheller ‘00 who was drafted in the 46th round of the 1999 Major League Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Michael Hanson ‘03 who signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves in the summer of 2003.

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