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Eckerd Infielder Audry Santana Receives Call in 38th Round of Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft

posted on 06/12/2013

Eckerd College infielder Audry Santana had his name called by the Chicago White Sox as another exciting edition of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft unfolded last week.

EC infielder Audry Santana

Spanning three days with extensive coverage streaming on MLB.com, over 1,200 players had their names summoned by 30 different franchises. The White Sox had also tabbed Santana in the 48th round of the 2010 draft following his prep career at Mariner High School.

Santana continues a promising trend of Tritons progressing up the ladder to the big leagues as 2012 draftee Joe Cuda (St. Louis Cardinals) is currently with the Peoria Chiefs in the Midwest League and undrafted catcher Craig Albernaz (Tampa Bay Rays) is with the Durham Bulls, the AAA affiliate in the International League.

The Sunshine State Conference had a total of 12 student-athletes selected in this year's draft. With Santana off the board with the 1,143rd selection in the 38th round, back-to-back Division II players were tabbed when Dillon Moyer of UC-San Diego was taken one pick later.

"Audry swung the bat well for us at times and worked hard on his game every day,"said Eckerd Head Coach Bill Mathews. "I wish him the very best as he works to elevate his game at the next level."

Santana appeared in 29 games this spring for the Tritons with six starts. He made the most of his plate appearances, hitting .290 with five runs batted in.

He also drew three walks and scored four times while swiping a pair of bases. Primarily playing second base with some time at shortstop defensively, Santana responded with four singles in pinch-hit opportunities this year alone.

Santana plated two runs against Tiffin (Ohio) University in his first start of the season. He still has one year of eligibility remaining in his collegiate career.

His father, Rafael, currently works for the Chicago White Sox organization as the Dominican Republic Scouting and Player Development Supervisor. In his Major League career, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets (World Series win in 1986), New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians, from 1983 to 1990.

Audry's younger brother Alex, was also selected out of Mariner High School by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. He most recently competed on the rookie ball circuit in the Arizona League.

Originally posted by Sports Information Director Ben Schlesselman on the EC Tritons website.

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