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06/16/2003  9:04 AM ET 
Indians agree to terms with first round pick Michael Aubrey (11th overall)
Conference USA Player of the Year Batted .420 w/18HR & 79 RBI

CLEVELAND, OH -- The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have agreed to terms with first round selection (11th Overall) 1B MICHAEL AUBREY.

Aubrey, 21, is a 6-1, 195-pound first baseman from Tulane University. He batted .420 (102-243) w/70RS, 20 2B, 3B, 18 HR, 79 RBI & 19SB in 63 games this season in his Junior year at Tulane. The Shreveport, LA native bats and throws left-handed. His 2003 batting average ranks third in the Green Wave single-season record book, and his 102 hits in 2003 not only ranks fifth overall but marks the first time in school history that a player posted 100-plus hits twice in his career after tallying 100 hits as a freshman in 2001. A career .368 hitter, Aubrey ranks fourth in the Tulane record book in batting average, seventh with 200 RBI and 10th in hits with 268 and home runs with 38.

He was named the 2003 Conference-USA Player of the Year and is a Golden Spikes Award Finalist representing the best player in college baseball. Last summer he played for the USA National Team, leading the team in batting (.405), HR (6), and RBI (26) in 29 games.

Baseball America recently rated Aubrey the 8th best prospect in the 2003 draft and the 2nd best pure hitter among college players.

He will report to Lake County today.



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