University of Evansville junior shortstop Eric Stamets has been selected in the sixth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Stamets, a junior from Dublin, Ohio, was taken with the 19th pick in the sixth round by the Angels, pick number 207 overall, marking the 30th UE player to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft since Evansville entered the Missouri Valley Conference in 1995.
Stamets marks the highest drafted position player in UE history since 1988 when Rob Maurer was also selected in the sixth round by the Texas Rangers.
With an incredible collegiate career, Stamets became the Aces’ eighth All-American in program history, earning third-team Louisville Slugger TPX All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball newspaper last week. He was also one of the top 25 finalists for the 2012 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, and the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Deservingly decorated with accolades throughout his career, Stamets was the MVC Freshman of the Year and a consensus Freshman All-American in 2010 by Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, and Ping!Baseball. He also turned heads in the summer of 2011 as a Cape Cod League All-Star.
This spring, Stamets helped UE to the nation’s top and program-best fielding percentage (.981), finishing the 2012 season with 93 putouts, league-high 199 assists, and only nine errors. He also totaled 606 assists in his three-year career, becoming the 14th player in the Valley to reach the 600-assist milestone and first-ever Evansville player to do so in just three years.
Stamets also led Evansville at the plate with a .316 batting average, 41 runs, 27 RBI, and 19 doubles, while ranking first in the MVC and 19th in the nation with 30 stolen bases.
Starting 171 consecutive games in his career, Stamets became the second player in UE history to steal 100 career bases, and the first to do so in three seasons. He also is the sixth player in the Aces’ records to total 200 career hits in less than four years.
Rewriting Evansville’s record book in his tenure, Stamets broke the single-season record for stolen bases (43) and defensive assists (226) in 2010. That same season, he also had a hand in 54 of UE’s program record 69 defensive double plays and broke the single-game record for assists (10).
Under the terms of Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement, professional clubs must sign a drafted player by July 13, or the rights to that player are lost and may re-enter the draft in 2013.
If Stamets signs, he will mark the 52nd Ace since 1984 to play professionally and the 46th UE player to play affiliated professional baseball.