LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee junior rightfielder Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County), who was selected in the 46th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates last week, has signed a contract to play professionally with the Pirates organization.

Batcheller will play for the Pirates Single A short season club in Bradenton, Fla. He leaves for his assignment on Friday, June 11.

Having elected to sign, Batcheller loses his final season of eligibility with the W&L baseball team, but will return for the fall semester to play for the Generals' football team and work on obtaining his degree in business.

Batcheller is the first player from Washington and Lee to be drafted since the draft was instituted in 1966.

An outstanding athlete, Batcheller batted .275 during the 1999 season with five home runs and 18 RBI. He won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference triple crown as a freshman when he batted .490 with nine home runs and 45 RBI, earning First Team All-ODAC, All-South, and All-State honors. He also earned First Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-South accolades as a sophomore when he hit .386 with nine home runs and 27 RBI.

Batcheller currently holds 15 W&L single-game, single-season, and career baseball records including single-season batting average (.490), career batting average (.378), career home runs (23), and career RBI (90).

Batcheller, also the starting quarterback and team captain of the football team, holds six school passing records and is closing in on several others. He completed 167-of-280 passes for 1,813 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1998, garnering First Team All-ODAC, First Team Roanoke Times All-State, and VaSID Honorable Mention All-State honors.