Blanton and Almond Selected in MLB Draft


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba College had a pair of players selected on the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft. Junior closer Bryan Blanton (Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle) was taken in the 21st round by the New York Yankees, while junior catcher Zach Almond (Richfield, N.C./N. Stanly/UNCG) was picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 35th round.

Blanton finished one save shy of both the season and career save records. In 2017, Blanton racked up a league-best 14 saves, while notching 24 in his career. His 14 saves this year ranked third in NCAA II. In 27 appearances, Blanton fanned 50 batters over 33 and a third innings and walked just 15. He posted a 2.70 ERA.

Almond ranked among the top 25 in NCAA II in home runs and RBI.  He connected on 17 homers in his 53 games, while posting a team-high 61 RBI. Almond batted .364 on the year while adding 18 doubles. At one point in the season, he had a 20-game hitting streak.

The draft marks the sixth straight year that Catawba has had a player taken in the MLB draft and nine of the last 10 years. Two of the draftees have made it to the Major League, Jerry Sands and Jordan (JJ) Jankowski. Sands has played with the Dodgers, Rays and Indians, and is currently in the San Francisco organization. Jankowski made a couple of appearances earlier this year with Houston.

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«December 2017»
December 1

Swimming @ Yellow Jacket Invite (Day 1)

December 2

Swimming @ Yellow Jacket Invite (Day 2) W-2nd;M-4th

Track/Field @ JDL College Kickoff Classic

Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 43-60

Basketball (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 58-103

December 9

Basketball (W) vs. TUSCULUM 70-58

Basketball (M) vs. TUSCULUM 73-87

December 11

Basketball (W) vs. JC SMITH 51-52

December 12

Basketball (M) vs. ST. AUGUSTINE'S 76-73

December 16

Basketball (W) vs. ANDERSON 63-46

Basketball (M) vs. ANDERSON 67-76

December 17

Swimming MEN vs. QUEENS 58-133

Swimming WOMEN vs. QUEENS 69-120

December 19

Basketball (M) vs. WINGATE 77-85

Basketball (W) vs. WINGATE 60-47

December 30

Basketball (W) @ Virginia Union 58-88


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Basketball (W) Team Photo