OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City University had three players taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday - Blake Schwartz, Miguel Beltran and Chad Carman.
Schwartz was a two-time all-American pitcher, while Beltran led college baseball in home runs this year. Carman was a two-time all-American catcher and two-time academic all-American.
The Washington Nationals selected Schwartz in the 17th round with the 534th overall pick. Schwartz, a senior right-hander from Rosemount, Minn., notched an 11-4 record with a 3.74 earned run average and 113 strikeouts in 98.2 innings this year. He earned second-team all-Sooner Athletic Conference honors.
Schwartz went 35-9 in his college career after spending three years with Minnesota State-Mankato. He became a two-time NCAA Division II all-American, two-time NCAA Division II Central Region pitcher of the year and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference pitcher of the year.
The Tampa Bay Rays picked Beltran in the 19th round with the 602nd choice. Beltran, a senior first baseman from Long Beach, Calif., became NAIA and SAC player of the year. Beltran hit .388 with 63 runs scored, 85 hits, 15 doubles, a nation-high 27 home runs and 76 RBIs. With his .996 fielding percentage, Beltran was an SAC gold glove award winner. He was named SAC player of the week for March 12-18.
Beltran became a two-time all-SAC selection and a two-time SAC gold glove award winner. He tied the NAIA single-game records with two grand slams and 13 RBIs at St. Gregory's on March 26, 2011. After that performance, Beltran was named SAC and NAIA player of the week for March 21-27.
"I'm excited about the opportunity and grateful for all the support from my family and friends," Beltran said.
The Philadelphia Phillies chose Carman in the 24th round with the 758th selection. Carman, a senior catcher-outfielder from Midwest City, Okla., posted a .383 average with 19 doubles, two triples, 11 homers and 50 RBIs. Carman became an SAC and NAIA gold glove award winner with a .991 fielding percentage.
Carman was a member of five NAIA World Series teams with the Stars. Carman became a two-time NAIA all-American, NAIA gold glover, CoSIDA academic all-American, NAIA scholar-athlete award winner and Jim Wade Award winner as OCU's male student-athlete of the year. The three-time first-team all-SAC honoree earned his degree in information technology and began work on a master's in business administration. He was the Hank Burbridge Champions of Character player award winner in this year's NAIA World Series as well as the CoSIDA college-division baseball academic all-American of the year.
"This wouldn't have been possible without the support of my teammates, Keith Lytle, Denney Crabaugh, my summer league coaches Andy Schatzley, Ty Reese, Doug Weese and my family," Carman said. "Most of all it wouldn't have been possible without God."
That brought OCU's total to four selections in this year's MLB Draft. Catcher-outfielder Dane Phillips went to the San Diego Padres in the second round with the 70th overall selection to become the highest drafted OCU baseball player ever.
The fifth-ranked Stars went 48-12, captured the SAC regular-season title, won an NAIA Championship Opening-Round Tournament for the fifth year in a row and advanced to the NAIA World Series for the fifth consecutive time this year.