The Atlanta Braves took senior shortstop Riley Delgado in the 9th round with the 260th pick in the MLB Draft Tuesday afternoon.

Delgado is the 5th Blue Raider all-time to be selected by the Atlanta Braves organization and the highest MT player to be drafted by the Braves.

Delgado is the first Blue Raider to be selected in the Top 10 rounds of the MLB Draft since 2015 when Ronnie Jebavy was picked in the 5th round by the San Francisco Giants. He is also one of five Blue Raiders to be selected in the Top 10 rounds since 2005.

“I’m really excited for Riley and his family,” stated Head Coach Jim McGuire. “He was one of the hardest workers on the team, on and off the field, and his tremendous effort paid off.”

The Miami, Fla., native finished the season with Second Team All-Conference USA honors for the second consecutive year. He led the team in 2017 with 82 hits (19th in the nation), 108 total bases, 41 runs and 26 multi-hit games.

Delgado also ranked 8th in C-USA with a .352 batting average and the 52nd toughest player in the country to strikeout. The two-year Blue Raider started all 110 games of his career at the shortstop position.

Delgado has been Mr. Reliable for MT over his two-year career, ranking 7th all-time in Blue Raider history with a career .369 batting average.

“Riley’s going to a great organization and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him,” said McGuire. “I am extremely proud of everything that he has accomplished in his career here.”

Blue Raiders Drafted by the Atlanta Braves
Riley Delgado (2017)
Will Skinner (2011)
Troy Harp (2004)
Jamie Hicks (1994)
Mark Smith (1981)

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