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6 San Jacinto College players selected in MLB First-Year Player Draft
 June 16, 2014

Four different Major League teams select San Jac players during three-day draft.

HOUSTON – Six San Jacinto College baseball student-athletes – Holden Helmink, Kelvin Ramos, Taylor Hearn, Dustin Cook, Joshua Palacios, and Dalton Viner – were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft.

Helmink, a freshman 6-4 right-handed pitcher from Willis (Willis HS / University of Texas), was selected in the 12th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched in nine games for San Jac this season, going 0-3 with one save and a 3.38 ERA.

Ramos was a 14th round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 5-10 sophomore infielder from Cayey, Puerto Rico (Pro Baseball Academy), hit .305 this season, behind 64 hits in 210 at-bats, including 13 doubles, two triples, one home run, and 30 RBI.

The Minnesota Twins selected sophomore lefty Hearn in the 25th round. The 6-5 pitcher from Royse City (Royse City HS) was 3-2 this season with a 5.16 ERA, striking out 27.

In the 28th round, the Cincinnati Reds selected right-handed pitcher Dustin Cook, a sophomore from Huffman (Huffman-Hargrave HS). Cook was 1-2 with one save and a 5.02 ERA. He struck out 29.

Palacios was taken in the 31st round, also by the Cincinnati Reds. The 6-1 freshman outfielder from Brooklyn, N.Y. (Telecommunications HS / Stony Brook University) was an All-Conference and All-Region selection this season. He led the team with a .372 batting average. He had a team-best 67 hits in 180 at-bats, with eight doubles, two triples, 25 RBI, and scored 38 runs.

Viner was a 32nd round selection by the Reds. The 6-3 sophomore pitcher from Choctaw, Okla. (Choctaw HS / Eastern Oklahoma State University) saw limited action on the mound this season for San Jac, going 0-2 in 10 innings pitched.

San Jacinto College went 31-26 this season. Five players were named to the All-Conference and All-Region teams. For information about San Jacinto College baseball, visit www.sanjacsports.com.



























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