Mitch Reeves has been selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft. The senior outfielder was the 972nd player chosen overall. He joins teammate Jake Walsh, who was picked in the 16th round earlier today by the St. Louis Cardinals, as Major League draftees.
Reeves led the Moccasins this past season with 17 home runs, second-most in the program's history, and was one of four FSC players to hit 10 or more homers as the club broke the school record with 81 round-trippers. His 17 homers ranked second in the Sunshine State Conference and 20th in the NCAA Division II.
The Winter Springs, Fla. native started each of the Moccasins' 52 games this year and led the squad with 55 runs scored, 53 runs batted in, 133 total bases, and a .652 slugging percentage. He was also second with 74 bases hits.
For his two years at Florida Southern, Reeves started each of his 100 games played and batted .363 with 101 RBI. His 28 career home runs are the fourth most for any Moccasin player in the program's history.
Reeves was named a first-team All-South honoree by the American Baseball Coaches Association as well as the Division II Conference Commissioners Association and was named a second-team selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He was also selected to the All-Sunshine State Conference first team.
Reeves is the seventh Moccasin to be drafted by the Indians and the first since Jeff Haag was picked in the 12th round of the 1993 MLB Draft. He is the 112th Florida Southern player chosen in the history of the draft.
Florida Southern's highest pick in the draft was Brett Tomko, who went in the second round, 54th player overall, to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1995 draft. Tomko went on to win 100 games over 13 seasons in the Major Leagues. Current Moccasin head coach, Lance Niekro, was the Mocs' second highest pick, also being selected in the second round, 61st overall, by the San Francisco Giants in the 2000 draft.
The Major League Baseball Draft continues throughout the afternoon, concluding with a 40th round of selections.