GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina junior first baseman Chase McDonald was selected in the 12th round by the Houston Astros Saturday afternoon during the third day of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Amateur Player Draft.
McDonald, who was a First-Team All-Conference selection this season, was taken with 347th overall pick and is the second Pirate selected in this year’s draft behind Jack Reinheimer (fifth round by Seattle Mariners).
Also selected on the final day of the MLB Draft were ECU commitments Bryce Harman (Washington Nationals, Round 27, pick 826) and Luke Bolka (Cincinnati Reds, Round 34, Pick 1035). With the new CBA that was signed in 2011, underclassmen and high school seniors will have until midnight on Monday, July 15 to sign professional contracts with the respective clubs that selected them.
Chase McDonald – 2013 Biographical Sketch
First-Team All-Conference USA selection … Led team and C-USA in home runs (11), RBI (46) and slugging percentage (.519) … Started 53 of 55 games at first base … Named C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week (May 6) … Recorded 15 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games … Closed season on five-game hitting streak … Reached base safely in 16-straight games (Apr. 14-May 12) … During season-high seven game hit streak (Apr. 28-May 11) batted .481 (13-for-27) with three home runs, two doubles, 11 RBI, eight runs and six walks … Belted a pair of home runs at Elon (Mar. 27) … Eight of 11 round trippers were in league play … Smacked homers against Monmouth, Houston, Elon (2), Tulane, UAB, Southern Miss (2), Marshall and UCF (2) … Second on the team with 18 extra base hits … Tied a career-high with four RBI at Marshall (May 10) … Recorded five game-winning RBI (New Mexico State, UNC Greensboro, Memphis, Southern Miss/walk-off, Marshall) … Collected at least one hit in 38 of 55 games … Recorded 513 putouts, which is tied for third on the single-season charts … Turned 50 double plays and posted a .989 fielding percentage … Batted .364 (4-for-11) with an RBI and four walks in the C-USA Baseball Championship … Ranked among the national leaders in home runs (44th) and home runs per game (48th).
Career Notes: Earned C-USA and College Baseball Daily All-Freshman Team honors … Named to 2011 Charlottesville All-Regional Team … Collected at least one hit in 14 of 15 post-season games (C-USA/NCAA Regionals) … Eight career game-winning RBI including walk-off single against Southern Miss in 2013 … C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week (May 6, 2013) … Belted lone career grand slam against Navy in 2011 Regional … Recorded 45 multi-hit and 25 multi-RBI games … Named Coastal Plain League Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 2011 after leading the league in four offensive categories … Named CPL All-Star (2011) … Played for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League alongside Jack Reinheimer.
ECU Career Numbers: .300 (158-for-527), 156 games (146 starts), 19 HRs, 77 Rs, 106 RBI (8 GW), 24 doubles, 66 BBs, 7 HBPs, 2 SBs, 43 XBHs.