|Three Drafted On Saturday For UNCW|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Led by Minnesota’s 17th round selection of Mat Batts, UNCW added Christian MacDonald and Jordan Ramsey to its draft list in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft which concluded on Saturday.
Batts, a lefthanded pitcher, was the first Seahawks selected on Saturday when the Minnesota Twins picked the two-time reigning Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher-of-the-Year with the fifth pick of the 17th round. Batts led the CAA in strikeouts three consecutive seasons and concluded his career ranked third on UNCW’s career list with 309 career strikeouts. As a senior, Batts compiled a 6-3 record and posted a 2.69 earned run average while limiting opponents to a .235 batting average and just one home run. Batts is the first Seahawks that the Twins picked in the draft since Chuck Jones in the 21st round of the 1987 draft.
MacDonald, another lefthander, went to the Miami Marlins in the 25th round. The last Seahawks to be selected by the Marlins organization were Chris Hatcher and John Raynor in the fifth and ninth rounds of the 2006 draft. Both players reached the major leagues, Hatcher with the Marlins and Raynor with the Pittsburgh Pirates. MacDonald went 2-4 with a 7.64 ERA in 24 appearances, including two starts. Late in the season he nailed down his first two career saves as the Seahawks reached the CAA tournament for the 29th consecutive season.
Rounding out UNCW’s draftees was Ramsey, who was selected by the New York Yankees in the 32nd round. Ramsey, a righthander, posted a 2-4 record in 12 appearances, including 11 starts. As a junior, Ramsey led the CAA in ERA at 2.34. Ramsey is the first Seahawk selected by the Yankees since the 1982 draft when Ronald Inman was picked by the Bronx Bombers in the 14th round of the 1982 draft.
These three, in addition to Kelly Secrest, who was picked in the 10th round by the New York Mets on Friday, bring UNCW’s total to four players taken in the draft. That total ranks third on UNCW’s list behind the 2006 club that had six taken and 2010, which had five.