West Columbus player, pair of Diamond Hawks selected in MLB Draft

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After having Eric Jenkins, an incoming recruit selected in the second round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers with the 45th overall pick last week, two current Seahawks were chosen by the Cincinnati Reds as Jordan Rasmey and Zach Sheilds heard their names called in the seventh and 10th rounds on day two.

Jenkins, a senior standout from West Columbus High School, was ranked as one of the top high school ballplayers in North Carolina. The 6-foot, 2-inch speedster patrolled center field for the Vikings, while hitting .323 in his final year. Jenkins was 66-of-67 in stolen base attempts during his high school career, attending the same school as former big leaguers Otis and Donnell Nixon.

Jordan Ramsey. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
Jordan Ramsey. Photo courtesy UNCW Athletics.

For Ramsey, it was the third time in his career he was drafted. The right-handed fireballer was selected as a junior in the 32nd round by the New York Yankees and was also drafted in the 28th round by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 draft.

He made a successful move to the bullpen as a senior following three seasons as a member of the Seahawks’ starting rotation. In 2015, Ramsey led the staff with a career-high eight wins and seven saves. He earned first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors and later earned CAA All-Tournament honors as UNCW won its fourth conference tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for a seventh time.

In a conference-leading 28 appearances, Ramsey finished with a record of 8-2 and compiled a 1.69 earned run average over a total of 48 innings. He struck out 62 batters (11.6 per nine innings) and walked just 11, while limiting opponents to a .193 batting average. His seven saves also tied for the conference lead.

Shields was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection in his first season with the Seahawks. He hit a team-leading .355 with 32 runs batted in, while hitting .383 in CAA play. He played in 57 games, including 55 starts, and finished fourth on the team in runs scored (44) and second with 17 stolen bases.