SCC player selected in 2015 Major League Baseball draft

With their professional season well under way, Major League Baseball ran its annual first-year player draft last week and players from Scottsdale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College were among those selected.

Zach Taylor

Zach Taylor

In all 30 MLB teams participate and choose from more then 1,200 amateur players nationally.

The first student chosen in the 40-round draft was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team selected Chris Plitt, a right-handed pitcher from South Mountain Community College.

Plitt helped lead the SMCC Cougars to the 2014 Region Championship, earning second Team All-Conference and All-Region honors. He posted a 1.87 ERA with a 7-1 record as a freshman.

In all, seven current or former Maricopa Community Colleges players were selected from 1,215 total amateurs in the 2015 first-year player draft.

Local players chosen:

* The Milwaukee Brewers selected Scottsdale Community College’s Zach Taylor, a catcher.

* Noel Rodriguez, right-handed pitcher from Paradise Valley Community College, was chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Noel Rodriguez

Noel Rodriguez

The Maricopa Community Colleges system includes 10 colleges –
Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain, two skill centers, and several satellite campuses and business/ industry, technical and customized training institutes.

It also includes the Maricopa Corporate College, which delivers market-relevant, customized workforce solutions and education for students and employees in virtually every industry sector.

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