Three players from HBCUs were picked during the recent Major League Baseball Draft.
Leading the pack was Bethune-Cookman's Rayan Gonzalez, who was drafted by the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies picked Gonzalez with the tenth pick in the 21st round, the 648th overall selection.
“I think it’s very exciting, especially with all the hard work I’ve done this year,” Gonzalez said of the pick.
The 6’4” senior right-hander from Arecibo Puerto, Rico wrapped up his final year at Bethune-Cookman with a 9-2 record and 2.15 ERA, collecting 82 strikeouts this year.
During his career at B-CU, he tallied up a record of 12-8, with 172 strikeouts and a 3.51 ERA in 182.3 innings pitched while donning the Maroon and Gold. During his career as a Wildcat, he logged three complete games and combined on six shutouts.
Next on the list is Grambling State shortstop Christopher Wolfe, selected 919th overall by the Oakland Athletics.
During his career at GSU, Wolfe recorded a .330 batting average, 109 RBI and 83 stolen bases.
Wolfe led the Southwestern Athletic Conference during his senior campaign batting .321 with a .473 on-base percentage, 49 walks, 29 RBI and 46 runs scored. His 29 stolen bases ranked him No. 25 in Division I.
Rounding out the list is Claflin catcher Donald Smith, taken in the 38th round by the Boston Red Sox.
Smith is the first MLB draft choice in the history of the school and the second player under Coach James Randall's watch to get an opportunity to play on the professinal level.
The West Palm Beach Senior led Claflin with three homeruns, and 29 RBI, in a year that was marred by injury. He played in just 23 games before being sidelined with a hamstring pull. He returned to action in April for the SIAC tournament.
Alabama State got a glimpse of its future having four signees selected in the draft.
SS Angel Joshua Ortega was drafted in the sixth round (215 overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers. C/OF Jorge Fernandez was selected in the seventh round (220 overall) by the Minnesota Twins. RHP Malcom Diaz was picked in the 13th round (405 overall) by the San Diego Padres, and 2B Janluis Castro was selected in the 16th round (516 overall) by the Texas Rangers.
Last Updated ( Thu Jun 7, 2012 - 7:59pm )