Two Barons Selected In MLB Draft

Updated: June 11, 2016

Two Barons were taken in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Saturday — catcher Nathan Rodriguez and second baseman Jaime Estrada. Rodriguez was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 21st round, and Estrada was selected in the 26th round by the Baltimore Orioles.

During his sophomore season at Cypress College, Rodriguez hit .311 with 31 RBIs and two home runs. The Yorba Linda native has not yet played in a game for the Barons this summer.

Estrada is currently second on the Barons and fourth in the California Collegiate League in batting average at .538 (7×13) with 4 RBIs. He leads the team with a .786 on-base percentage through 28 plate appearances and is also the leading run scorer on the team having crossed home plate 14 times so far this summer.

“I was just sitting on the couch listening to the draft tracker and I heard them call my name. I was so pumped… then they called to congratulate me,” Estrada said. “I jumped from the couch and started celebrating with my brother. We were just so excited.”

The Compton native said growing up in the neighborhood taught him a lot, not only about being a ball player, but about being a good person as well.

“It inspired me to be a better person while I’m playing the game that I love,” Estrada said. “I want to say thanks to all my coaches and my parents who have been supportive of me through all of this. It is just so awesome.”


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