BOSTON, Mass. – The 2014 Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.) has become just the second player in UMass Boston history to be drafted by a professional sports organization. The senior outfielder was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 32nd round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The 6'2", 215 pound outfielder was the 961st pick overall and was one of just 14 NCAA Division III players selected in this year's draft. The Boston native, led the Beacons the past two seasons in almost every offensive category. He went on to end his career as the all-time leader in triples and set a new single season standard for walks with 41 in 2014.
"My dream has come true," said Moquete. "Knowing that I had to sacrifice so much to make it where I am today and to get drafted by the Baltimore Orioles is a blessing and I want to thank everyone that helped me become the player and person I am today."
A three-year member of the Beacons baseball program, Moquete helped UMass Boston to three straight Little East Conference tournament appearances. The only player in program history to be named a D3Baseball.com and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Region honoree, Moquete ended his college career with a .344 average and .548 slugging percentage.
"Jamill has been a lot of fun to coach. He has a tremendous baseball skill set, but also has been a great teammate and leader for our program. His work ethic is outstanding and is the reason he got drafted. He always does extra and has really dedicated himself to the weight room transforming his body," said head coach Brendan Eygabroat.
With the draft concluded Moquete, will begin his professional career in the upcoming weeks, and will wait for assignment following the signing of his major league contract. Moquete, will not be the only Division III player to be joining the Orioles organization this summer, the D3Baseball.com Player of the Year, Tad Gold of Endicott College was also selected by Baltimore. The First Team All-American was taken in the 35th round (1,051st overall) on Saturday.
The first UMass Boston player to ever be drafted was Steve Coffey in 1990 when he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in 20th round (538th overall).