Bethune-Cookman College has become a hot spot for young Major League Baseball talent as the historically Black college recently sent a player to the MLB for the sixth straight year.
According to BCC Sports Information, the Colorado Rockies selected senior pitcher Rayan Gonzalez during the third day of the 2012 MLB Draft, held during the first week of June.
Gonzalez, a 6-foot, 4-in. righty from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was officially taken with the 10th pick in the 21st round, making him the 648th overall player selected in the draft.
“I think it’s very exciting, especially with all the hard work I’ve done this year,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a good organization and I'm going to have a good chance to move up fast. I’ve just got to work hard and see what they have for me.”
Gonzalez made strong impressions during his senior year with a 9-2 record and a 2.15 ERA with 82 strikeouts, leading Bethune-Cookman to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title.
Gonzalez’s career record for BCC is 12-8 with 172 career strikeouts, logging three complete games and six shutouts during his tenure as a pitcher for the school.