Charlotte's pair of baseball players drafted in the 2009 MLB Draft have both signed professional contracts and have learned their first professional assignments.
Rob Lyerly has decided to forego his final season of college eligibility and signed with the New York Yankees organization. The Yankees, which drafted Lyerly in the 6th round of last week's draft, will assign him to Staten Island of the NY-Penn League. The SI Yankees begin play June 19.
Aaron Bray, who used all four of his years of eligibility at Charlotte, signed a contract with the Houston Astros organization. The Astros drafted Bray in the 27th round. They have indicated that he will begin his pro career in Greeneville, Tennessee with the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League. That squad begins play on June 23.