Baseball Workforce Hopeful as MLB Draft Approaches

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft gets underway Sunday, and UTRGV is hopeful to have at least one player drafted for the seventh time in 11 years.

The first round and competitive balance round A will be broadcast live on MLB Network and ESPN Sunday at 6 pm Rounds 2-10 get underway Monday at 12 pm followed by the final 10 rounds on Tuesday at 11 am, with coverage of rounds 2-20 on MLB.com.

All student-athletes at four-year institutions, such as UTRGV, that have completed at least three years, as well as high school seniors and junior college student-athletes are eligible for the draft.

A club generally retains the rights to sign a selected player until 11:59 PM (EDT) on August 1, or until the player enters, or returns to, a four-year college on a full-time basis. A player who is drafted and does not sign with the club that selected him may be drafted again during a future year’s draft, so long as the player is eligible for that year’s draft. A club may not select a player again in a subsequent year, unless the player has consented to the re-selection.

A player who is eligible to be selected and is passed over by every club becomes a free agent and may sign with any club until the player enters, or returns to, a four-year college full-time or enters, or returns to, a junior college.

UTRGV players that are eligible to be drafted this year include:

Player                 AVG  GP-GS    AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT   PO   A   E  FLD% 
18 Pimentel, Brandon  .377  58-58   236  54  89  17   2  12  47  146  .619  16   6  34   5  .427   2   0   2-4    149   9   2  .988 
26 Cain, Brett......  .370  52-51   189  40  70  16   3   8  41  116  .614  21   7  30   6  .450   1   0   4-6     93   1   5  .949 
20 Blake, Cameron...  .301  47-41   163  29  49   5   1   4  29   68  .417  17   5  37   2  .380   2   2   4-6      5   0   1  .833 
27 Ortega, Raul.....  .297  15-10    37   4  11   2   0   2   9   19  .514   2   1  11   1  .350   0   0   0-0     60   7   1  .985 
23 Rojas Jr., Freddy  .293  56-56   191  42  56  10   1  11  44  101  .529  34   6  54   5  .409   4   2   1-5     90   5   4  .960 
15 Sturges, Bryan...  .287  57-52   202  35  58  15   0   8  44   97  .480  24  10  44   4  .382   5   1  11-18   373  26   1  .998 
 4 Hirsh, Jacob.....  .283  26-16    60  13  17   2   2   4  12   35  .583   4   3  16   1  .358   0   3   1-1     60   0   0 1.000 
 8 Kelch, Alex......  .270  19-18    63  10  17   4   0   0  12   21  .333   6   4   9   1  .365   1   1   1-6     18  17   5  .875 
 1 Shelton, DeAndre'  .252  36-30   107  22  27   7   1   0  10   36  .336  16   0  29   0  .347   1   2   6-9     51  88  10  .933 
 3 Mondesi, Chris...  .240  35-32   121  18  29   5   1   4  20   48  .397   6   1  23   1  .281   0   1   1-1     28  45   6  .924 
17 Ramirez, Diego...  .225  57-56   218  34  49   7   1   2  24   64  .294  16  11  31   6  .304   5   0   3-5     67 122  10  .950 
 0 Burrows, Blake...  .222  14-4      9   2   2   0   0   0   1    2  .222   1   2   4   0  .385   1   0   1-2      9   0   0 1.000 
28 Ochoa, RJ........  .167   8-7     24   2   4   0   0   0   1    4  .167   3   0   3   1  .259   0   0   1-1     71  11   2  .976 

Player                 ERA   W-L   APP  GS  CG SHO/CBO SV    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  2B  3B  HR   AB B/Avg   WP HBP  BK  SFA SHA
50 Butz, Justin.....  0.00   0-0     3   0   0   0/0    0   3.1   3   1   0   3   4   1   0   0   11  .273    1   0   0    1   0
36 Cruz, Alec.......  0.00   0-0     2   0   0   0/0    0   1.2   0   0   0   1   1   0   0   0    5  .000    0   0   0    0   0
 5 Stevens, Kevin...  2.66   9-2    14  14   1   1/1    0  81.1  69  26  24  29 100  14   0   2  300  .230    5   3   1    0   2
 2 Gerik Jr., Ricky.  2.70   5-3    34   0   0   0/2    7  53.1  53  25  16  15  56   8   1   1  212  .250    8   3   0    2   0
21 Ariza, JC........  3.56   2-1    17   6   0   0/1    1  43.0  35  25  17  20  39  11   1   3  157  .223    2   7   0    2   5
37 Garza, Randy.....  3.60   2-1    10   7   0   0/0    0  30.0  24  14  12  22  27   3   0   0  107  .224    2   5   0    0   0
41 Bridges, Chase...  4.02   1-0    17   0   0   0/2    0  15.2  17  10   7  13  14   4   0   1   59  .288    4   4   0    0   1
24 Aldaz, Jesus.....  5.35   5-6    15  13   0   0/1    1  67.1  73  43  40  22  74   8   3  13  265  .275    2   4   1    2   2
11 Davis, Colten....  5.74   4-4    15  10   1   0/2    0  64.1  85  44  41  20  50  19   3   4  274  .310    7   4   1    3   1
16 Rosenbaum, Hunter  6.10   1-1     9   0   0   0/1    0  10.1  11   7   7  10  14   0   0   0   39  .282    5   1   0    0   0
 7 Cabral, Angelo...  6.17   1-1    14   3   0   0/1    0  23.1  23  16  16  18  17   4   1   4   88  .261    2   2   0    0   1
32 De Leon, Zach....  6.75   0-0     4   0   0   0/0    0   2.2   2   2   2   1   2   0   0   1   10  .200    0   0   0    0   0
29 Verdugo, Alex....  7.53   0-1    12   0   0   0/1    0  14.1  22  20  12   7  10   4   1   1   63  .349    4   6   3    0   1
43 Serbantez, Deryk.  8.10   0-1     3   2   0   0/0    0   3.1   5   5   3   6   2   3   0   0   14  .357    1   2   0    0   0
13 Kisner, Tyler....  8.40   0-0     7   2   0   0/0    0  15.0  27  15  14   8  11   4   1   2   69  .391    2   5   2    0   0
38 Escobedo, Diego.. 11.65   0-1    17   0   0   0/0    0  17.0  39  27  22   3  17   6   1   1   85  .459    1   2   1    2   1
34 Balderrama Jr., M 12.00   2-2    22   1   0   0/2    1  21.0  44  30  28  11  22   6   1   5  102  .431    4   0   0    1   1
39 Baez, Albert..... 16.20   0-0     3   0   0   0/0    0   1.2   1   3   3   3   1   0   1   0    6  .167    1   0   0    0   0

The last time a UTRGV student-athlete was drafted was 2019, when the Washington Nationals selected infielder anthony gomez (2016-19) in the 34th round. Gomez was the 37th student-athlete to be selected in the MLB Draft in program history.

There are currently three alumni playing professional baseball, including Dusten Knight (2012-13), who is playing with the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A East affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and has made four major league appearances this season, Andy Atwood (2019-21), who is playing with the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and Conrad Diaz (2019-21), who is playing for the Algodoneros de Unión Laguna of the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol.

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