Two former Polk State players were selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.
Outfielder Sam Machonis went in the 10th round to the Detroit Tigers. Machonis made Second Team All-Suncoast Conference in 2014.
Sam Machonis. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Cincinnati Reds selected outfielder Daniel Sweet in the 29th round.
With Polk State in 2014, Sweet was named Suncoast Conference Player of the Year and FCSAA State Player of the Year. He also earned All-America honors.
Daniel Sweet. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
"The Polk State baseball family is extremely happy to see Daniel and Sam selected in the draft after having tremendous college careers," said Head Coach Al Corbeil.
"The Tigers and Reds organizations are getting players whose work ethic is second to none. Both of those guys are switch hitters with a ton of talent, and we are looking forward to seeing them excel and move through the minor league system."
Also taken in this year's MLB draft was a potential Eagle, Chavez Young, whom the Blue Jays tabbed in the 39th round. The outfielder from Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Ludowici, Ga., has committed to Polk State.
"Chavez Young is one of the most talented recruits we've ever signed, and we look forward to him hopefully opening a lot of eyes here at Polk State as we work towards another championship season," said Corbeil