Seven MDC Baseball Players Drafted in 2009 Major League Baseball Draft
Former MDC Sharks shortstop Mycal Jones was selected in the fourth round by the Atlanta Braves in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.
Miami, June 25, 2009 -
Cultivating top baseball talent has always been a trend for Miami Dade College (MDC) and this year is no different, as seven of the college’s baseball players were selected in the 2009 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft held recently. This year’s selections coupled with last year’s, further cement MDC's place as the nation’s leading institution for providing the largest number of Major League baseball recruits.
Shortstop Mycal Jones from Jacksonville didn’t waste much time getting his pro baseball career off the ground. The 22-year-old, who transferred from the University of North Florida to come play for MDC this season, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round.
Excited about his new opportunity, he recently admitted to a Jacksonville Union sports reporter "I told [the Braves] before they drafted me that I'd sign for slot money, so that's what they gave me. The Braves were definitely one of my favorite teams growing up, watching David Justice, Deion Sanders and Chipper Jones."
Other draft picks generated similar excitement from both players and loyal fans. When getting the news about Virgin Islands outfielder Jabari Blash being picked in the ninth round by the Texas Rangers, sports blogger RangerRanger wrote: “I like this pick. I think the kid has pretty a good upside.” Mingjungtc writes: “Virgin Islanders should get ready for the next big thing in sports -- maybe even bigger than Tim Duncan and Raja Bell combined. Nineteen-year-old Jabari Blash is on his way to the big leagues. Stadiums might soon have his name in lights…”
“I was ecstatic when I found out, going nuts,” pitcher/catcher Eric Curtis said to a Progress-Index (Va.) news reporter, about his selection in the 28th round by the Boston Red Sox. “They called me around 4:30 p.m. yesterday [Wednesday, June 10] and left me a voice message.”
Other MDC players selected in the 2009 MLB draft include Jose Oviedo, a pitcher from Venezuela, who was selected in the 31st round by the Milwaukee Brewers; Left-handed pitcher Matthew Laney of Virginia, was selected in the 42nd round by the Philadelphia Phillies; Miami Springs High School graduate Adrian Morales, a second baseman, was taken by the Houston Astros in the 45th round; and Reynaldo Cotilla, also from Miami Springs, was selected in the 48th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.
"The superior talent level that Miami Dade College is able to attract is evident by the number of Major League draft choices as well as the number of successful transfers to universities we see each year,” MDC athletic director Jim Cox said. “We are proud of the great tradition of baseball at Miami Dade College and the outstanding quality of alumni that have gone forth from the program, whether it is in Major League baseball or other professional leagues."
In 2008, eight of MDC’s best baseball players were selected in the MLB draft - the most of any college or university in the nation, excluding the University of Miami. Last year’s draftees went to teams such as the Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Florida Marlins.
Top draft picks from MDC in the past few years include Eric Fornataro of the St. Louis Cardinals, Karim Turkamani of Toronto, and Clayton Suss of Arizona. Other notables from earlier years include MDC Hall of Famer Bucky Dent, Placido Polanco, Mickey Rivers, and Mike Piazza, just to name a few.
As testament to the value of an MDC education, hundreds of student athletes have made major accomplishments here in South Florida and throughout the world. Examples of their work can be found in the fields of education, business, law enforcement, politics, and the arts.
For more information about MDC’s baseball program, contact athletics director Jim Cox at 305-237-0730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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