HOUSTON, Texas — Five current and former San Jacinto College baseball players were selected in the 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, June 11, 2020.
Coming off a season interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, San Jac was 21-6 (.778) overall and 12-0 (1.000) in conference play by March 16, when the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) suspended all remaining athletic activity for the season due to the pandemic.
“The 2020 MLB Draft has proven to be another example of San Jacinto College’s commitment to consistently producing high-profile players into professional baseball,” said San Jac Baseball Head Coach Tom Arrington. “It’s a reflection of our dominance in junior college baseball in player development. I am extremely proud and would like to congratulate our draftees, I wish them the best of luck and continued success in their professional baseball careers.”
Sophomore pitcher Luke Little (Matthews, NC/East Mecklenburg HS) was selected with pick 117 in the fourth round by the Chicago Cubs. The 6’8” left-handed pitcher had social media buzzing earlier this year as a viral video showed him hitting 105 MPH in a bullpen session. Little had 3 saves on the shortened season with a 2.0 ERA.
The reigning world champion Washington Nationals drafted Sophomore pitcher Mitchell Parker with pick 153 in the fifth round, just a year after drafting San Jac teammate Jackson Rutledge in the first round of 2019. The lefty from Albuquerque, New Mexico (Manzano HS) finished the truncated season with a 1.19 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched.
Former San Jac Gator Alerick Soularie (University of Tennessee) was selected in the second round with the 59th pick by the Minnesota Twins. Soularie was a right fielder for San Jac in 2018.
In the third round, The Chicago White Sox selected former San Jac pitcher Adisyn Coffey (Delta HS/Arizona State/Wabash Valley College) with the 82nd pick.
With pick 127 of the fourth round, the Oakland Athletics selected RHP Dane Acker (Brenham HS/Rice University), who pitched for San Jac in 2019.Also garnering interest during the MLB Draft, San Jac RHP Brandon Birdsell declined several opportunities to be drafted, instead deciding to attend Texas Tech University as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2021 due to COVID-19 eligibility legislation.
For more information about San Jacinto College athletics, visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jac Baseball
The San Jacinto College Baseball program is one of the most storied and successful baseball programs in the country with 5 National Championships and 26 JUCO World Series appearances. Playing in Region XIV, San Jacinto College has a tradition of producing top-notch collegiate baseball players who move on to play at four-year institutions, in addition to those who continue their careers at the pro level. In the last six years, 25 San Jacinto College baseball players have been selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft.
In addition to their on-field success, the San Jac Baseball team is committed to giving back to the community. Each year, the team participates in a number of events on and off the field. From supporting breast cancer awareness with the annual Play Pink game to volunteering their time to local special needs leagues, giving back at the Houston Food Bank, and visiting children in the hospital, San Jacinto College baseball student-athletes understand the impact they have on their community.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.