On Tuesday, FGCU baseball star Tyler Selesky became the third player from the Eagle program to sign a rookie contract with an MLB team in recent days, joining teammates Jake Noll and fellow undrafted free agent Brady Anderson in the pros.
The senior third baseman agreed to terms with the San Diego Padres, according to his former school and the West Coast Major League Baseball organization.
“This opportunity couldn’t have happened to a better young man,” said FGCU head coach Dave Tollett. “Tyler is one of the best leaders and hardest workers we’ve ever had in this program, and we’re excited to see him continue to grow in his professional career. The Padres are getting a good player an even better individual.”
As a team captain for the Green and Blue, Selesky emerged during his final campaign, blasting 12 home runs after notching a single home run in his three previous seasons combined. The local Estero native wrapped up his career ranking in the program’s top-10 in each of the following categories: games played (199), games started (175), hits (210), doubles (45), runs scored (137) and RBI (123).
Selesky will travel westward on Wednesday, reporting to either the Arizona League Padres (Rookie) or to the Tri City Dust Devils (Class A Short Season). The Padres’ season begins Monday, June 20, while the Dust Devils start play on Friday, June 17.
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