ORU’s Trevino and Romano MLB Drafts
Jose Trevino became the third Oral Roberts University baseball player in three seasons to be selected by the Texas Rangers as he was picked in the Sixth Round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Rangers selected Alex Gonzalez as the number 23 overall pick last year and Cam Schiller in the seventh round of the 2012 draft.
“It’s a great feeling and is something that I’ve been working for since I was a little kid,” Trevino said following his selection. “This is just another mountain we are getting ready to climb, and I’ll have some fun doing it.”
Listed as a third baseman by the Rangers when selected, Trevino is coming off an outstanding junior season as he was named Second Team All-Southland Conference as a shortstop. He finished the season with a .304 average at the plate, and led the Golden Eagles with 70 hits, 37 runs and 113 total bases.
A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Trevino blasted 31 home runs in his career, including a regular season conference high of 10 during his junior campaign.
As a freshman, Trevino was named first team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America, and second team Freshman All-American by Perfect Game. He was also named the Summit League Newcomer of the Year and first team All-Summit League, helping the Golden Eagles to a Summit League title in 2012.
In the Golden Eagles’ first season in the Southland Conference in 2013, Trevino changed positions and continued to earn accolades as he was named a third team All-Southland catcher.
Trevino is just one of five players to be drafted in top six rounds since 1999. With the selection of teammate Jordan Romano in the 10th round on Friday, it was the first time two Golden Eagles were selected in the top 10 rounds since the 2009 season when pitchers Jerry Sullivan and Mark Serrano were picked in the third and sixth rounds, respectively.
Jordan Romano became the first Oral Roberts University relief pitcher since Dallas Beeler in 2010 to be selected in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft as the Toronto Blue Jays picked him in the 10th round.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue my baseball career with an organization I have grown up following,” said Romano. Romano is a native of Markham, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.
As a junior at this past season, Romano led the Southland Conference with 12 saves, earning him the honor as the Southland Relief Pitcher of the Year and a third team All-Southland selection. It was the third most saves in program history, and the most by a Golden Eagle since Justin Ramsey had 13 in 2004.
Romano finished the season with a 2.66 earned run average, striking out 49 batters in 40.2 innings of work. He didn’t allow a home run this season and opponents only had a .221 average against the Golden Eagle closer.
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