June 6, 2012

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For the sixth straight year, a Bethune-Cookman player heard their name called among those selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. The Colorado Rockies picked up senior pitcher Rayan Gonzalez in the third day of the 2012 MLB Draft.

“I think it’s very exciting, especially with all the hard work I’ve done this year,” Gonzalez said of the pick.

The Rockies picked Gonzalez with the tenth pick in the 21st round, the 648th overall selection.

“It’s a good organization and I’m going to have a good chance to move up fast,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve just got to work hard and see what they have for me.”

The 6’4” senior right-hander from Arecibo Puerto, Rico wrapped up his final year at Bethune-Cookman with a 9-2 record and 2.15 ERA, collecting 82 strikeouts this year.

During his career at B-CU, he tallied up a record of 12-8, with 172 strikeouts and a 3.51 ERA in 182.3 innings pitched while donning the Maroon and Gold. During his career as a Wildcat, he logged three complete games and combined on six shutouts.

Gonzalez is expecting to join the Rockies short season A team at the Pioneer League affiliate, giving him a shot across 76 games through June, July, and August. That makes his next destination the Grand Junction Rockies in western Colorado.