Three former MDC players drafted to Major Leagues

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Three former MDC players drafted to Major Leagues

Kevin Williams, Ivan Pelaez and Alex Valverde, three former Miami-Dade College players, were taken in the 2017 MBL draft, giving the Sharks 78 former players drafted to the Major Leagues.
The Los Angeles Angels in the 13th round with the 385th overall pick drafted left fielder, Kevin Williams. As a sophomore, Williams played in 37 games with a batting average of .356. In addition, he had 23 RBIs, 21 runs, and 8 stolen bases. 

During his freshmen campaign, the left fielder played in 44 games with a batting average of .269. He had 2 home runs, 32 RBIs, 29 runs, and 11 stolen bases. In 2017, Williams lead the Samford University Bulldogs with 11 home runs. In the 58 games that Williams played for Samford he had 34 RBIs, 13 doubles, and 37 runs. 

The Tampa Bay Rays in the 22nd round with 649th overall pick drafted right hand pitcher, Valverde. In his lone season at Miami-Dade College, Valverde had an ERA of 1.80, 92 strikeouts, and an 8-1 win-loss record in 85.0 innings pitched. In addition, the pitcher signed his national letter of intent with the University of Alabama. During the 2017 FCSAA Baseball State Tournament, Valverde was named to the All-Southern Conference First Team and the FCSAA All-Tournament Team. 

Left hand pitcher Ivan Pelaez will also join the Rays' organization. In the 33rd round with the 929th overall pick the Rays drafted Pelaez. As a sophomore, Palaez had an ERA of 2.25, 26 strikeouts, and an 3-2 win-loss record in 36.0 innings pitched. In his two seasons at Faulkner University, Pelaez played in 38 games and had an 18-6 win-loss record. Pelaez pitched in 179.1 innings and had an ERA of 2.66. He finished his season at Faulkner with 165 strikeouts.

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