6 San Jacinto College players selected in MLB First-Year Player Draft

06.10.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren

HOUSTON – Six San Jacinto College baseball student-athletes – Holden Helmink, Kelvin Ramos, Taylor Hearn, Dustin Cook, Joshua Palacios, and Dalton Viner – were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft.

Helmink, a freshman 6-4 right-handed pitcher from Willis (Willis HS / University of Texas), was selected in the 12th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched in nine games for San Jac this season, going 0-3 with one save and a 3.38 ERA.

Ramos was a 14th round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 5-10 sophomore infielder from Cayey, Puerto Rico (Pro Baseball Academy), hit .305 this season, behind 64 hits in 210 at-bats, including 13 doubles, two triples, one homerun, and 30 RBI.

The Minnesota Twins selected sophomore lefty Hearn in the 25th round. The 6-5 pitcher from Royse City (Royse City HS) was 3-2 this season with a 5.16 ERA, striking out 27.

In the 28th round, the Cincinnati Reds selected right-handed pitcher Dustin Cook, a sophomore from Huffman (Huffman-Hargrave HS). Cook was 1-2 with one save and a 5.02 ERA. He struck out 29.

Palacios was taken in the 31st round, also by the Cincinnati Reds. The 6-1 freshman outfielder from Brooklyn, N.Y. (Telecommunications HS / Stony Brook University) was an All-Conference and All-Region selection this season. He led the team with a .372 batting average. He had a team-best 67 hits in 180 at-bats, with eight doubles, two triples, 25 RBI, and scored 38 runs.

Viner was a 32nd round selection by the Reds. The 6-3 sophomore pitcher from Choctaw, Okla. (Choctaw HS / Eastern Oklahoma State University) saw limited action on the mound this season for San Jac, going 0-2 in 10 innings pitched.

San Jacinto College went 31-26 this season. Five players were named to the All-Conference and All-Region teams.


About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 credit students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career and workforce preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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