IRVINE, CA —
Just a few days after capturing the Avista-NAIA World Series title, redshirt junior 1B/DH Bryan Nicholson
was selected by the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants in the 38th Round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, it was announced Wednesday.
Nicholson, the Eagles’ cleanup hitter in their 2011 Avista-NAIA World Series championship run, joins No. 3 hitter John Hill
, who was chosen Tuesday by the Philadelphia Phillies, as the second tandem in school history to get drafted in the same year.
“I’m shocked and excited when I first heard,” Nicholson, an NAIA All-American honorable mention selection, said. “Now, I’ll probably go out and hit.”
Nicholson, who sat out the bulk of the 2010 with a leg injury sustained in the second game of the season, came back with a vengeance in 2011, hitting .400 with 13 doubles, seven triples, nine home runs and a program-record tying 64 RBI.
In the first seven games of the postseason, where the Eagles punched their second-ever ticket to the Avista-NAIA World Series, Nicholson hit .583 (14-for-24) with six extra-base hits, including two homers, and 15 RBI.
He was especially dangerous in the three-game NAIA National Championship Opening Round — Riverside Bracket, where he drove in the winning runs in all three contests, highlighted by a three-run homer in the seventh inning of the championship round.
38th Round (1167) – San Francisco Giants
19th Round (601) – Philadelphia Phillies
24th Round (732) – Seattle Mariners
(OF) – 2007
22nd Round (687) – San Diego Padres
(SS) – 2003
26h Round (769) – New York Mets
(3B) – 1996
42nd Round (1250) – Chicago Cubs