Wednesday was the day that HBCU talent began to move in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. The dreams of a few prospects with ties to HBCUs were fulfilled on the last day of an exhaustive process.
The San Fransico Giants selected Randy Norris from Winston-Salem State University in the 19th round with the 556th overall pick. The center fielder was the first HBCU player selected in this year’s draft. Norris is the first WSSU player to be selected in the MLB draft since Ray Chadwick in 1985 and Michael Winbush in 1982. Coming off his third season with the Rams he is currently the team’s career leader in hits (231), at-bats (608), and stolen bases (92).
@teamnorris2_ @SFGiants pic.twitter.com/JER8EOaM8D
— WSSU Baseball (@WSSU_Baseball) June 6, 2018
Prairie View A&M
In the 26th round, the Anaheim Angels selected Darrien Williams from Prairie View A&M with the 781st overall pick. Williams is a senior right-handed pitcher. The Philadelphia Phillies selected Jaylen Smith in the 29th round. Smith is a high school signee who had committed to Prairie View.
The Prairie View A&M baseball program had two players selected on day three of the Major League Baseball draft.
Senior pitcher Darrien Williams was selected in the 26th round by the @angels. In the 29th round, high school signee Jaylen Smith was selected by the @phillies. pic.twitter.com/gWqRwkh2u8
— Prairie View A&M (@PVAMU) June 6, 2018
In the 28th round, the Arizona Diamondbacks came calling for Marshawn Taylor from Grambling State. Taylor is a shortstop for the Tigers.
BREAKING: @TaylorGanngg3 has been selected in the @MLBDraft by the @Dbacks gram pic.twitter.com/tYug8nOdpR
— GSU Athletics (@GSU_TIGERS) June 6, 2018
Ray Hernandez from Alabama State was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 29th round. Hernandez was a third baseman for the Hornets.
And in the 29th round, the @Braves select, from @BamaStateBB: @RayHernandezSix. #STATEofMind #MyASU pic.twitter.com/NQdtRirkgB
— ASU Athletics (@BamaStateSports) June 6, 2018
Have a “chop” on my shoulder ! 😉😉 extremely grateful to the @Braves and @BamaStateSports https://t.co/z6aT11QOyf
— Ray Hernández (@RayHernandezSix) June 6, 2018
The MLB Draft ended on Wednesday night after a total of 40 rounds of player selections.