HOUSTON, Texas – Two current and three former San Jacinto College baseball players were selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.
Coming off a season in which San Jac finished 51-15 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, five student-athletes received word last week that they were drafted to major league teams.
Mason Auer, a freshman outfielder and right-handed pitcher, was San Jac’s highest selected player. The Tampa Bay Rays selected the Missouri (Kickapoo HS) native in the 5th round. He threw nine innings with 13 strikeouts and two saves on the mound. He owned an ERA of 3.00.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected left hander Hunter Hollan, a freshman from Longview, Texas (Spring Hill HS). Hollan selected in the 15th round, went 10-3 on the hill with a 3.08 ERA, 104 strikeouts and 17 walks in 73 innings of work.
Alum Brandon Birdsell was picked in the 11th round by the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander, now a student at Texas Tech University, saw a shortened season this year due to a torn rotator cuff that he suffered in April. In his eight appearances for the Red Raiders, he went 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA to go along with 36 strikeouts.
Alum Bryant Salgado heard his name called in the 14th round of the draft, with the Houston Astros picking up the Oregon State student-athlete. In his first year with the Beavers, he threw for 26.2 total innings, and put up a 1.01 ERA and a 1.125 WHIP.
The Kansas City Royals selected alum Cam Williams in the 19th round. This is Williams' second time being selected in the draft. He was a 39th round selection by the Seattle Mariners in the 2016 draft coming out of Gaither High School in Odessa, Florida. The infielder will continue his family legacy of baseball excellence. Williams' father, Reggie Williams, was a 25th round pick by the San Francisco Giants before playing as an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels during his four seasons in the major leagues.
For more information about San Jacinto College athletics, visit sanjacsports.com.
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 people 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.