The Fresno State baseball team was five games below .500 this season (20-25), but Ryan Higgins had a terrific season individually.
Clearly, the Baltimore Orioles were paying attention.
Higgins, who hit .352 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI, was drafted in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday. Higgins played many positions for the Bulldogs this past season, but he was drafted with the intention of being a third baseman for the Orioles.
“It was a long day of waiting,” said Higgins. “And then finally in the ninth round I saw the Orioles gave me a chance. Just joy at first, memories coming back when I first started swinging a bat at age five. It all flashed in my head, all came full circle.”
Ryan Higgins just completed his junior season at Fresno State, so he has the option of returning to the Bulldogs. He said he will take the next few days to decide whether or not he wants to turn pro at this time.
The value of the 257th pick is $159,700 according to MLB.com.