NJCAA Advances 93 Players in 2012 MLB Draft
June 7, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – This week, NJCAA baseball players across the country had their hard work rewarded and their dreams come true. The 2012 Major League Baseball Draft saw 93 players selected straight from NJCAA programs.
Topping the list was Central Arizona College freshman shortstop Fernando Perez (right) who was drafted by the San Diego Padres with the 102nd-overall pick in the third round. Joining Perez in the third round was Chipola College (Fla.) sophomore outfielder Andrew Toles who was taken with the 119th-overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Howard College (Texas) was the top product-producing school in the draft, having four players taken. Miami Dade College (Fla.) joined Central Arizona in having the second most players drafted with four. The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals claimed the most NJCAA draftees, each with seven.
Pitching was again emphasized by the major league organizations. The NJCAA had 52 pitchers drafted from its ranks – 13 of which are left-handed – while 41 position players were selected. Of the position players drafted, there were 18 outfielders and 23 infielders – 12 of which play shortstop.
Complete List of NJCAA Players Drafted