This week will go down as one of pride for the Frank Phillips College Baseball program, as three former Plainsmen were drafted in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
Former Plainsmen outfielder Chris Grayson was drafted in the 13th round with the 414th overall pick by the Texas Rangers after posting a .364 batting average with 51 RBIs during the 2011 season at Lee University in Tennessee.
Grayson’s teammate, and former Plainsmen, outfielder Jonathan Clark would go in the 17th round, at the 522nd pick, to the New York Mets.
A Chicago native, Clark finished the 2011 season with a .323 batting average with 22 steals on 29 attempts at Lee University.
The ties between Frank Phillips College and Lee University could continue to be strong over the next couple of years with Plainsmen Head Baseball Coach Jared Gaston being a former player for the Lee University Flames as well.
Lee University is located in Cleveland, Tenn., and is affiliated with the Church of God denomination.
The other former Plainsmen to be drafted was Oklahoma State University pitcher Brad Propst, who was picked up by the Houston Astros in the 38th round with the 1,150th pick.
Propst, an Amarillo native and Randall High School graduate, spent one season with the Plainsmen with most of his time on the field at shortstop before making the move to the mound for the Oklahoma St. Cowboys.
Propst was 7-6 this season with a 3.66 ERA.
Overall the 2011 MLB Draft featured 14 players with WJCAC ties getting picked up including: Tigers-Tyler Collins, Howard; Rangers-Connor Sadzeck, Howard; Astros-Miles Hamblin, Mississippi (Howard); Padres-Burch Smith, Oklahoma (Howard); Brewers-Brandon Williamson, Dallas Baptist (Midland); Rangers-Nicholas Sawyer, Howard; Braves-Nick Popescu, Texas Tech (Howard); Nationals-Derrick Bleeker, Howard; Dodgers-Reid Redmond, Texas Tech (Midland); Mets-Clint Sharp, Howard; Orioles-Devon Conley, New Mexico JC.