ABILENE -- ACU's all-Southland Conference catcher, Seth Spivey, was drafted Friday by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round of Major League Baseball's amateur draft.
Spivey was the 306th player selected in the draft, which runs through Saturday. Spivey said early Friday evening that Texas scout Bobby Crook would meet him in Brenham (Spivey's hometown) to sign him to a minor league contract and tell him what team he'll be joining when he flies out Monday.
Spivey missed ACU's last two games of the regular season two weeks ago at Arizona because of an injured left shoulder. But he said Friday his shoulder is healed and he will have no restrictions with his new team.
Spivey went to Arlington last Friday and worked out for the Rangers. Besides his work in the batting cage, Spivey worked behind the plate and took ground balls in the infield. The Rangers drafted him Friday as a catcher.
"The guy that scouted me (Crook) called earlier Friday and told me I could be their guy in the ninth or 10th round," Spivey said. "Then after their pick in the ninth, I got another call and he said, 'You are our guy in the 10th, we want you.' He also said if something comes up we would give you a call if the picked changed.
"So I was waiting for a phone call when I saw my name pop up on the live coverage online," he said. "Immediately after that, I got a call from the scout that scouted me (Crook) congratulating me on being the newest Texas Ranger."
Spivey hit .341 for the Wildcats during the season and ranked among Southland leaders in batting average, hits and total bases on his way to earning second team all-conference honors.
Spivey is the first Wildcat baseball player to be drafted since pitcher Trey Watten was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. No Wildcat baseball player has reached the major leagues since pitcher Bill Gilbreth with Detroit in 1971.
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