TIME: For Immediate Release
DATE: June 6, 2019
CONTACT: John Tompkins, Communications Coordinator
(281) 756-3551 office
SUBJECT: ACC Players Selected in MLB Draft
ACC Players Selected in MLB Draft
Three baseball players from Alvin Community College were selected during the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft this week.
Javeon Cody, Gerrit Van Zijll and Odrick Pitre were picked throughout the 50 rounds of the draft.
“We are so proud of the young men we had selected in the 2019 MLB draft,” ACC head coach Jason Schreiber said. “Their hard work and commitment to the game of baseball has given them this tremendous opportunity to play pro baseball. What they have given to this program will forever be appreciated.”
Van Zijll was taken by the New York Yankees in the 22nd
round. He was named Pitcher of the Year for Region 14. Van Zijll had previously committed to playing at Texas Tech University prior to being drafted.
“Gerrit is one of the most interesting stories in the draft,” ACC Athletic Director Bill Lewis said. “A year ago nobody remembered him because he had suffered from Lyme disease and hadn’t played in several years. Fast forward 12 months and he turned himself into a draft pick for the New York Yankees.”
Cody was selected in the 15th
round by the Miami Marlins. Cody’s was named player of the year for NJCAA Region 14 for his performance during the 2019 season.
“Javeon is one of the best athletes in the draft. It’s hard to find someone with his combination of speed and strength,” Lewis said. “He was the conference player of the year and Coach Schreiber felt he would definitely be drafted because of the scouts who have shown interest. Kudos to our coaching staff for finding him and bringing him to ACC – he was a hidden gem.”
Pitre was selected by the Milwaulkee Brewers in the 35th
round. Pitre was named to the Region 14 All-Conference second team.
“Odrick had a really good season for us at shortstop and we’re really happy about his opportunity,” Lewis said.
Schreiber said he was proud of his players and feels they represent the ACC program well.
“We wish them success moving forward and know they will continue to represent themselves and this program with dignity and honor,” Schreiber said. “Javeon, Odrick and Gerrit will forever be Dolphins in our hearts.”
Four former ACC players were taken in the 2018 draft including: C.J. Carter, Blake Chisolm, Jean Carlos “J.C.” Correa and Joey Pulido.
“Alvin Community College Baseball benefits greatly from their achievement,” Schreiber said. “Talented players will see this program as a viable option to continue their careers allowing the program to continue being a top-tier Division 1 junior college program.”
The Dolphins turned in a strong 2019 season, earning the top seed in the Region 14 Tournament. Cody, Van Zijll and several other players received several honors for their performance and two were also named to the All-Academic team.
For more information about the ACC Athletics program, visit www.alvincollege.edu/athletics.