LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland infielder Josciel Veras was selected in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday by the Cincinnati Reds.
The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native was the 905th selection overall in the draft and the 37th player drafted during head coach Woody Hunt’s tenure at CU. Veras was also the only Mid-South Conference player taken in this year’s three-year draft process.
He batted .299 with 13 doubles, four homers, 39 RBIs and 37 runs scored in 58 contests, missing 11 at the end of March with a shoulder injury from a diving attempt in the middle infield. Veras served as the club’s designated hitter the final two months of the season after the injury.
He batted .381 (8-for-21) with two doubles, one homer, three RBIs and three runs scored in the Mid-South Conference Championships and despite a knee injury, drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and another home run in the NAIA Championship Opening Round.
Chipper Smith (Miami Marlins, 38th round, 1157th pick) was the last Bulldog selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft before Veras.