Follow Zips Baseball on Twitter (@ZipsBB) and Facebook
AVON, Ohio – University of Akron outfielder Devan Ahart was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Saturday.
The speedy Ahart, who finished third in the Mid-American Conference and tied for 18th in the NCAA with 27 stolen bases in 33 attempts, was the 24th pick of the 16th round and the 489th player chosen overall.
Appearing in all but one game last spring, Ahart batted .311 (70-for-225) with a trio of home runs and a team-high 32 RBI. The native of Orchard Lake, Mich., was also the Zips leader for hits (70), triples (2) and at-bats (225). Additionally, his 35 runs scored and eight doubles were second-best on the club.
Ahart is the fourth Zips player to be taken in the MLB Draft in the last four years – following pitcher Chris Bassitt (Chicago White Sox; also taken in the 16th round) and outfielder Drew Turocy (Boston Red Sox; 24th round) in 2011 and pitcher Andrew Brown (Colorado Rockies) in 2012 – and the 12th overall in program history.
As the team's catalyst, Ahart – a fourth-year junior – helped lead Akron back to the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2005 as the Zips advanced all the way to the championship round. UA finished the year with a record of 28-29 overall and 12-15 in MAC play.
Zips All-Time MLB Draftees
Devan Ahart, Los Angeles Dodgers (16th round), 2014
Andrew Brown, Colorado Rockies (23rd round), 2012
Chris Bassitt, Chicago White Sox (16th round), 2011
Drew Turocy, Boston Red Sox (24th round), 2011
Doug McNulty, New York Mets (49th round), 2008
Tom Farmer, Minnesota Twins (20th round), 2007
Ross Liersemann, Florida Marlins (18th round), 2006
Aaron Gangi, Tampa Bay Devil Rays (14th round), 2003
Mark Malaska, Tampa Bay Devil Rays (8th round), 2000
Jim Putko, Chicago Cubs (23rd round), 1995
John Massarelli, Houston Astros (8th round), 1987
Mike Birkbeck, Milwaukee Brewers (4th round), 1983