September 2015, Volume 19, Number 4



MDC Continues Strong Tradition With MLB

Two catchers with Miami Dade College ties were recently selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.

Danny De La Calle, who became a starter at Florida State after playing for MDC, was taken in the ninth round by the Tampa Bay Rays. The 6-3, 220-pound defensive star with a strong throwing arm signed a pro contract and received a $7,500 bonus.

Jonathan Morales, a sophomore on the 2015 MDC team, was picked in the 25th round by the Atlanta Braves. He signed with the Braves for an unspecified bonus.

“MDC has always had a top baseball program,” Sharks Coach Danny Price said. “Over the years, about 70 former MDC players have made the Major Leagues, so we are thrilled to continue the trend.”

In addition to De La Calle and Morales, MDC recruit Aaron Coates, a left-handed pitcher, was drafted in the 31st round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Coates turned down the Cardinals’ offer and has decided to work on his degree and play baseball at MDC before becoming eligible for the 2016 draft.

— WV

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