September 2016, Volume 20, Number 4


Sharks Make the Cut

MDC’s baseball program, which has sent more players to the pros than just about any other U.S. college or university, had six of its current or former players drafted this past June. In addition, three recruits who signed with MDC were also drafted.

“I’m really happy for the guys who got drafted,” MDC coach Danny Price said. “For any kid who plays baseball, it’s your dream to reach the major leagues, and this is the first step.”

The players drafted off MDC’s 2016 Sharks team were shortstop Santiago Espinal (10th round by the Boston Red Sox), second baseman Kevin Santiago (20th round by the Tampa Bay Rays) and catcher Nelson Mompierre (38th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks).

The three recruits who have committed to MDC pending draft results are catcher Alberto Schmidt (16th round by the Boston Red Sox); right-handed pitcher Michael González (24th round by the Milwaukee Brewers); and right-handed pitcher Nelson Alvarez (27th round by the Cleveland Indians).

The three former MDC players drafted are Eastern Kentucky third baseman Mandy Alvarez (17th round by the New York Yankees); Florida Atlantic right-handed pitcher Colyn O’Connell (26th round by the Detroit Tigers); and St. Thomas University center fielder José Gómez (39th round by the Milwaukee Brewers).

Over the years, MDC has helped numerous players reach MLB stardom, including Mike Piazza, Bucky Dent, Alex Fernández, Raúl Ibáñez, Warren Cromartie, Andrés Torres, Plácido Polanco, Orestes Destrade, Jaime Navarro and more.

Price said Miami Dade College is the perfect place for baseball’s future stars to get their start. “It’s really hard to get to the major leagues,” Price said. “But Miami Dade College has a phenomenal track record of helping guys reach their dreams.”

— WV

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