NEW YORK -- After three days, 40 rounds and more than 1,200 picks, the 2014 First-Year Player Draft concluded Saturday. The final day was comprised of Rounds 11-40 and put 900 players in position to take the next step on their baseball journeys.
Nine players from HBCUs were selected during the draft; three players each from Alabama State and Bethune-Cookman joined players from Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Alabama State University shortstop Emmanuel Marrero was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh round (202 overall).
Marrero becomes the highest draft pick from ASU, surpassing Rufus Ellis who was selected in the 24th round of the 1985 Draft by the Kanas City Royals. Marrero is the sixth Hornet selected in the MLB Draft, joining Jesse Clevelend (1965), Willie Garrison (1967), William Hardy (1979), Rufas Ellis (1984 and 1985), and Adrian Urquhart (2002).
ASU center fielder Richard Amion and catcher Richard Gonzalez were selected on day three of the Draft.
Amion was selected in the 18th round by the San Francisco Giants, while Gonzalez was selected in the 29th round by the Houston Astros.
Bethune-Cookman pitchers John Sever, Montana Durapau and Keith Zuniga each earned selections on Saturday. It marked the 23rd year that a B-CU player was selected in the Draft.
Sever was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 26th pick in the 20th round (611th overall).
Joining Sever in the organization and picking up the Wildcats’ second selection in the 2014 Draft, fourth-year senior Montana Durapau was also chosen by Pittsburgh, with the 26th pick in the 32nd round (971st overall).
Rounding out the trio of current Wildcats selected, junior Keith Zuniga was chosen by the Miami Marlins with the second pick in 35th round (1,037th overall).
Florida A&M first baseman Bennie Robinson capped a dream senior season by being named Baseball Player of the Year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Saturday, he became an Arizona Diamondback when he was selected in the 28th round of the Draft.
North Carolina A&T senior shortstop Luke Tendler was selected with 876th overall pick in the 29th round by the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
Tendler became the seventh Aggie selected in the MLB draft in the last 10 years. He is the 18th player in school history to be drafted. He also joined two former teammates – Xavier Macklin in 2011 and Kelvin Freeman in 2013 – as draftees.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Isias Alcantar, who played shortstop for the Golden Lions but is projected as a catcher in the pros, went to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 36th round with the No. 1,087 pick. The 6'0" 215lbs player is the son of Abel Alcantar, the head coach at D2 power Chico State. He also was a transfer to the Golden Lions from Laney College in California.