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'Bama's Matthes drafted by Rockies

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The wait is over for Alabama slugger Kent Matthes.

The Colorado Rockies drafted him in Wednesday's fourth round, with the 121st pick overall. Matthes tied for the national lead with 28 homers as a senior and was the Southeastern Conference player of the year.

He was a four-year starter for the Crimson Tide but had never been drafted before.

The Rockies then picked Auburn third baseman Joseph Sanders in the fifth round, 151st overall. The Atlanta Braves drafted UAB right-hander Ryan Woolley in the sixth (178th).

Matthes was the first University of Alabama player picked. He only had to wait 10 picks into the fourth after his name wasn't called on Day 1 when the first three rounds were held.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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