San Jac baseball players selected in MLB First-Year Player Draft
06.24.2016 | By Calyn Hoerner
HOUSTON - Seven San Jacinto College baseball players were selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) Frist-Year Player Draft.
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected sophomore Devin Smeltzer in the 5th round of the Draft. Smeltzer, a 6-3, 185 pound left-handed pitcher, was selected 161st overall. Smeltzer is a Voorhees, New Jersey (Bishop Eustace Prep) native who transferred to San Jacinto College from Florida Gulf Coast University. He made 15 starts this season with a 1.18 ERA, striking out 128 with 23 walks in 91.2 innings pitched. In San Jac’s deep run in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) JUCO World Series, Smeltzer struck out 20 in a complete against Chattahoochee College, helping San Jac advance to the national title game. He was also one of three San Jac players to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected freshman catcher Ryan January in the 8th round with the 239th overall pick. January, 6-3 and 195 pounds, is from Swampscott, Massachusetts (Swampscott HS). He had 142 put outs and a fielding percentage of .994 this season. January earned a spot on the JUCO World Series all-tournament team after helping San Jac to the national runner-up.
Sophomore Cody Nesbit was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 22nd round of the draft. Nesbit hails from La Porte (La Porte HS). At 6-3 and 175 pounds, the right handed pitcher was selected 673rd overall. He had 78 strikeouts and 10 walks this season, with an ERA of 0.80 in 45.0 innings pitched.
Sophomore Brandon Montgomery was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 26th round of the draft. The second baseman had 116 assists, 22 double plays and 64 put outs this season. He is a six foot, 180 pound Collierville, Tennessee (Collierville HS) native who transferred to San Jacinto College from the University of Memphis. Montgomery was selected 791st overall.
Infielder Nick Shumpert was selected 829th overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 28th round of the draft. Shumpert is from Lone Tree, Colorado (Lone Tree HS). The 5-11, 180 pound freshman second baseman had 93 assists, 19 double plays and 51 put outs.
The Chicago Cubs selected sophomore right-handed pitcher Montana Parsons in the 30th round of the draft. Parsons started in 13 games this season with an ERA of 2.38. He had 74 strikeouts and 20 walks in the 64.1 innings pitched. The 6-3 Parsons had 74 strikeouts and 20 walks over 64.1 innings pitched. The Conroe (College Park HS) native transferred from Texas State University to San Jacinto College. He was selected 914th overall.
The St. Louis Cardinals selected freshman outfielder Aaron Bond in the 39th round of the draft. Bond, 6-5 and 195 pounds, played in 38 games, had 12 put outs and 1 assist. He is from South Bend, Indiana (Clay HS) and was selected 1,186th overall.
San Jacinto College went 52-12 this season, earning a spot in the Junior College World Series for the 24th time in school history. The team advanced to the World Series championship game and ended the season ranked second in the country.
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 approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are 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.