JUCO: Chipola Shows on MLB Draft Day

The Chipola Indians dominated the 2017 JUCO World Series and did more of the same in the MLB draft.

After 10 rounds, five Indians were selected.  First basemen Reynaldo Rivera was selected in the second round by the Detroit Tigers as the 57th overall pick.  Rivera tied for a tournament best five home runs while batting .387 with 12 hits and 14 RBI's. 

Joining Rivera in the second round was lefty pitcher Evan Steele.  Steele was drafted 73rd overall by the Kansas City Royals.  He had a dominant performance in a must win championship game against San Jacinto throwing 12 strikeouts in 8 innings. 

This year's World Series MVP and second baseman Jose Caballero went in the seventh round, 202 overall, to the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Along with Rivera, he hit five homers and led the World Series with 13 hits and 16 RBI's.

Third baseman Andrew Bechtold led the fifth round with the 136th pick by the Minnesota Twins.  At 204 overall,  pitcher Bowden Francis was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Wabash Valley left handed pitcher Max Roberts, a seventh rounder, was taken by the Seattle Mariners.


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