In the 19th round, Arizona Wildcats infielder Cody Ramer was drafted by his favorite team, the Los Angeles Angels.
19 (576): @Angels select U Arizona SS Cody Ramer. https://t.co/qSjJYRJet7 #MLBDraft— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 11, 2016
Ramer has been Arizona's leadoff hitter all year, carrying a .357 batting average into Super Regional play. But as good as that is, his defense may be his best attribute, being an above average defender at second base, shortstop and third base.
"There's 30 organizations that need to have him really high tomorrow," head coach Jay Johnson said after Friday night's win against Mississippi State. "Because he's a really great player."
Heading into this season, there was no reason to think that Ramer would be drafted. He had barely received significant playing time in his first three college seasons.
Before the season started, he approached Johnson about joining the coaching staff next year as an undergrad assistant, which everyone was on board with. Both him and Zach Gibbons were going to do that.
Now, they're both heading to the Angels farm system. Gibbons was taken in the 17th round by the club.
my best friends an Angel! https://t.co/BoTdY7efC1— Cody Ramer (@codyyramerr) June 11, 2016
@codyyramerr now you are there!!! #halos pic.twitter.com/yRVFQngU0g— Jadeveon (@Bigclone27) June 11, 2016
@codyyramerr @zgibbons23 The quartermaster and first mate are both Angels #piratesatheart #yohoyoho— Sergio Brown (@UACoachSergio) June 11, 2016
Congrats to my two big brothers @codyyramerr and @zgibbons23 gor being picked by the Angels! Beyond proud of you guys!! #nowletsgotoOmaha— Cesar Salazar (@cesarsalazar34) June 11, 2016
Two of the best, @zgibbons23 going in the 17th round, and @codyyramerr going in the 19th round, both by the @Angels! Congrats guys!— Zac Cook (@zcook21) June 11, 2016
Congratulations @codyyramerr ! @Pioneerbaseball @azdesertswarm @ArizonaBaseball pic.twitter.com/fK3P5R5CYh— mark miles (@SVFUNCOACH) June 11, 2016