History was made yesterday when Central Baptist College baseball player Ben Madison was drafted in Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft.
Madison was selected in the ninth round of the draft by the San Francisco Giants with the 256th overall pick, marking the first time that a player from CBC was drafted and the first time in coach Aaron Brister’s career that he has had a player drafted.
“I don’t care where I go,” Madison said. “I just want someone to give me a chance.”
Madison was an honorable mention All-America in the NAIA this season after leading the nation in strikeouts with 172, which is a school record, and also finishing by leading the Mustangs in wins (six), earned-run average (2.70) and opponent’s batting average (.176).
He was also named the co-pitcher of the year in the American Midwest Conference, an AMC First-Team selection and the NCCAA Central Region Pitcher of the Year.
“Congratulations ot Ben for going in the ninth round to the Giants,” Brister said. “I am so proud of him and he is such a great guy. I loved coaching him for the two years he was at CBC. He always respected our coaching staff and would always tell me, ‘Coach, I don’t care where I pitch. You’re the captain of this ship and I’m just here helping row the boat.’
“I’m so proud of his decision to accept Jesus as his Savior at the end of the spring season. I’m so excited to see what God has planned for his future. Go Giants and go Mustangs.”
CBC finished the season with 30 wins or more for the fifth consecutive season.