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Former Virginia Tech star Pinder playing minor league ball in Vermont

Published On: Jun 25 2013 09:24:09 PM EDT

The third baseman was drafted 71st overall by the Oakland A's.

We are less than a month removed from Virginia Tech's baseball season, and we are already getting to see some Hokies at the next level.

Tech infielder Chad Pinder was drafted 71st overall by the Oakland Athletics in this year's first year player draft, and was assigned to Vermont. Pinder is playing third base for the Lake Monsters, who compete in the short season New York Penn League.

So far the Virginia native has played in six games and has four hits, and one RBI in the form of a homerun off his former teammate Joe Mantiply this past Thursday. Coming off a great season at Tech, Pinder's ready for the challenge ahead of him in the minor leagues.

"Virginia Tech is definitely a special place for me and it was fun to compete with those guys, you know my best friends on the team and we had a good school season this year,” Pinder said. “I think we had a 40 win season. We ended up losing in our own regional but it was a fun season for us. It's definitely different meeting all these guys from different backgrounds, different areas. It's a whole new experience for me but it's been fun so far getting to know these guys and it seems like a great group of people and I'm excited to get going with them."