Nationals draft Cuero graduate in 16th round
June 8, 2010 at 1:08 a.m.
Mark Herrera had begun to get discouraged when the Major League Baseball draft reached the 15th round and he hadn't been selected.
Herrera decided to leave his San Jacinto North teammate's apartment and get something to eat.
He had barely gotten in his car when the Washington Nationals called to tell him they had taken him in the 16th round.
"I was getting kind of nervous," Herrera said. "I guess it's good that I decided to go eat."
The Nationals liked what Herrera did during his sophomore season at San Jacinto and made the Cuero graduate the first pick in the 16th round and the 476th pick overall.
"They liked how durable I was," Herrera said. "In the regional tournament, I pitched three games back-to back-to back. They said I was really consistent and they liked what they saw."
Herrera transferred to San Jacinto from St. Mary's. He was used exclusively in relief and had a 2-2 record with two saves and a 1.03 ERA, while striking out 37 in 26.1 innings.
Herrera threw consistently in the low- to mid-90s and reached 97 on the radar gun at the Junior College World Series.
Herrera is one of six San Jacinto players who have been selected in the draft, which concludes on Wednesday.
"I am 100 percent satisfied," Herrera said. "I am so glad I transferred. This is one of the best schools for baseball."