Van Buren’s Ross Adolph got a possible leg up on a Major League Baseball career when he was selected in the draft on Wednesday.
Adolph, a centerfielder for the University of Toledo, was drafted in the 12th round by the New York Mets.
Adolph made an immediate impact as a freshman at the University of Toledo since he was the 2015 Blanchard Valley Conference Player of the Year and a first-team all-Ohio player at Van Buren.
After hitting .268 in 44 starts in his first season, Adolph took over as the Rockets’ centerfielder as a sophomore and batted .272 with seven home runs, 30 RBIs and a team-leading .484 slugging percentage.
A 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior, Adolph was a first-team all-Mid-American Conference selection this season when he hit .322 with 15 home runs, 14 doubles, seven triples and 56 RBIs. Adolph led the MAC in RBIs and triples and tied for the league lead in home runs and slugging percentage (.654).
Being drafted does not necessarily mean a player will sign with a Major League team. And the round a player is selected is no guarantee he will, or will not, make the big leagues.
Arcadia’s Jerry Blevins, a left-handed reliever, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 17th round of the 2004 draft, but is in his fourth year with the Mets and 11th Major League season overall.