TCL NOTEBOOK: Three Generals, one current, picked in MLB Draft
June 7, 2011 at 1:07 a.m.
The Generals David Rollins knows a thing or two about the MLB Draft. He's only been drafted three times. The pitcher played at San Jacinto College last year and is signed to play at Lubbock Christian.
He was picked out of high school in 2008 in the 19th round, and again in 2009, going in the 23th round. Again, he was picked last year, in the 46th round by the Seattle Mariners.
And on Tuesday, he heard his name called for a fourth time.
Rollins, along with two former players for Victoria, were picked on the second day of the MLB draft on Tuesday. Joining him was Bryson Myles, who just completed his sophomore year at Stephen F. Austin and was a member of the Generals inaugural team in 2009, and Abel Baker, a sophomore at Grayson County College in Denison who was Victoria's starting catcher in 2010.
Myles was picked in the sixth round by the Cleveland Indians at No. 188, led the Southland Conference with a .413 batting average, 92 hits and a .480 on-base percentage. He also led the nation in stolen bases with 50 this season.
Baker, who played his freshman year at Baylor, transferred to Grayson and hit .368 this season 63 RBIs. He was picked 225th overall, in the seventh round, by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Rollins was 7-3 at San Jacinto this year with a 2.99 ERA in 81 1/3 innings pitched. He struggled in his first outing for the Generals this season, walking seven and allowing six runs, two earned, in four innings on Thursday against East Texas to take the loss.
Rollins was picked in the 24th round by the Toronto Blue Jays, 739th overall.
ORR KEEPS ON HITTING
McNeese State's Lee Orr tore up the TCL last season to earn player of the year honors for the league.
And, based on the first few games of the season, the the El Campo alumnus has picked up right where he left off this year.
He is batting .381 this season, with a home run this season and 5 RBIs.
Freddy Villalobos leads the Generals with two home runs, while Chad Kruse leads Victoria with a .478 batting average.
GENERALS COME HOME
After a four game road trip, Victoria has two at home on Friday and Saturday against Brazos Valley. Both games start at 7 p.m.