Lubbock Christian University had one player and three signees drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday, with Mike Marshall selected in the 30th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Marshall, a native of Chico, California who spent his high school career split between Keller and El Paso, Texas, spent his junior season this past season with LCU after transferring in from Stanford University. He split time on the mound and as a position player compiling a 9-0 record on the mound with a 4.42 ERA and 101 strikeouts, and batting .337 with 15 home runs and 68 runs-batted-in. Marshall's most impressive performance of the season came on May 31st, as he pitched a complete game three-hit shutout with a broken foot against Louisiana State University – Shreveport at the NAIA World Series. He also had an 18 strikeout performance in seven innings pitched on April 11th at Wayland Baptist University. The son of former Los Angeles Dodger first baseman Mike, he is one of the few players to pitch in both the NAIA World Series and NCAA World Series.
Also drafted were Chaps signees Miguel Pena, Jhiomar Veras and David Rollins. Pena was selected in the sixth round by the Boston Red Sox. It is the third time the left handed pitcher from La Joya, Texas and San Jacinto College has been drafted. He was 10-3 this season with a 1.93 ERA with San Jacinto. Jhiomar Veras was chosen in the 15th round by the Florida Marlins. Veras, an outfielder from Methuen, Mass., led Western Oklahoma State College to the NJCAA Div. II national title with a .471 batting average and 23 home runs. Rollins went to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 24th round. A Carthage, Texas native, Rollins has been drafted four times now. The lefty posted a 2.99 ERA in 81.1 innings with 91 strikeouts.
Marshall is the 32nd player drafted in program history and the eighth under head coach Nathan Blackwood. Of the eight drafted under Blackwood's tenure, two are currently playing affiliated baseball. Buck Britton, a 2008 Baltimore Orioles selection, is with the Bowie Baysox (Orioles Double-A affiliate) and is hitting .304 with three home runs and 30 RBI. Catcher Joe Staley was drafted last season by the San Francisco Giants and is currently in their system. Marshall is the fourth Chap drafted by Philadelphia, and the first since Scott McLanahan was selected by the Phillies in 1985.
Information provided by Lubbock Christian University