November 2016, Volume 20, Number 5

Features

Four Make MLB Debuts

Four former MDC baseball players have made their major-league debuts this year.

To put this feat into perspective, no ex-University of Miami baseball players have accomplished that this year. The same goes for Florida International University and Barry University.

In fact, if you added up the major-league players who made their debuts from the four NCAA Division I and Division II universities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, you would get just one – Carlos Asuaje of Nova Southeastern University.

On its own, MDC had four times more.

The latest former Sharks to join the majors are Washington Nationals outfielder Brian Goodwin, who got his first major-league hit on August 10, and Oakland A’s right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton, who got the call to make his first big-league start on Sept. 7. He pitched and won his first- ever start in the Major Leagues against the California Angels.

Previously this season, outfielder Jabari Blash made his debut for the San Diego Padres, and pitcher Derek Law did the same for the San Francisco Giants.

“That’s amazing, isn’t it?” MDC coach Danny Price said. “Even more amazing is the fact Law, Goodwin and Cotton were all roommates during their time at MDC.”

They should be able to afford grander lodging arrangements soon since the minimum major-league salary for players who stay there for an entire season is $507,500.

The larger point, however, is that MDC’s baseball program continues to be a great place for aspiring players to go to school, get great coaching and launch what could become the start of a major-league career.

— WV


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