San Jac baseball players selected in MLB Draft
07.03.2017 | By Madelon Zimmermann
HOUSTON, Texas – Six San Jacinto College baseball players were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft.
The San Francisco Giants selected sophomore outfielder Aaron Bond in the 12th round of the Draft. Bond, originally from South Bend, Indiana, has played for San Jac the past two seasons. Bond appeared in 54 games this season, batting .355, and scoring 44 runs, 9 homeruns, and 49 RBIs. He lead the team to its last two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series title game appearances.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected sophomore outfielder Michael Smith in the 18th round of the Draft. Smith is a 5-11 left handed hitter from Magnolia, Texas. He transferred to San Jac from Kansas State University. He appeared in 61 games this season for the gators, batting .333, and scoring 52 runs, 2 homeruns, and 29 RBIs. Smith helped lead the team to the 2017 NJCAA World Series, finishing as national runner-up.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Donny Diaz was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 23rd round of the Draft. Diaz, a native to Kingsville, Texas, has played the last two seasons at San Jac. He appeared in 23 games this season for the gators with 60 strikeouts and 16 walks. He had an ERA of 2.08 with 30.1 innings pitched. Diaz also helped lead the team to its last two NJCAA World Series title game appearances.
The Philadelphia Phillies selected freshman outfielder and right-handed pitcher Bailey Cummings in the 29th round of the Draft. Cummings hails from Pearland, Texas and has only played one season for the San Jac baseball team. He helped lead the team to a runner-up title at the 2017 NJCAA World Series.
The New York Mets selected junior left-handed pitcher Aaron Ford in the 21st round of the Draft. Ford is a native of Houston and a former San Jac player who last year transferred to Tennessee Wesleyan University. During his junior season at Wesleyan, Ford appeared in 14 games and had an ERA of 1.94. He was also named the Appalachian Athletic Conference (ACC) Baseball Pitcher of the Week. During his sophomore season at San Jac, Ford appeared in 16 games where he pitched 101 strikeouts and 36 walks. He had an ERA of 2.55 with 81.1 innings pitched.
The Miami Marlins selected junior right-handed pitcher Montana Parsons in the 24th round of the Draft. Parsons is a native of Conroe, Texas and a former San Jac player, who last year transferred to Baylor University. During his junior year at Baylor, Parsons appeared in 15 games and finished with a 3.06 ERA and a 5-4 record. He was also named the Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Year. During his time at San Jac, Parsons appeared in 14 games and had an ERA of 2.38 to go along with 74 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched. He helped lead the San Jac team to its 3rd NJCAA World Series appearance, where they finished runner up.
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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.