Five from Polk State chosen in MLB Draft

Two current and three former Polk State Eagles were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft. 

Alec Barger went to the Milwaukee Brewers in the 16thround, and Chavez Fernander was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 35thround. 

Barger, a right-handed sophomore pitcher from Savoy, Ill., had a 7-3 record this season with a 3.56 ERA. In 83 innings he allowed 16 walks while striking out 86 batters. 

Fernander, also a right-handed pitcher, went 8-4 with a 3.09 ERA. The sophomore from Grand Bahama issued 18 walks and recorded 63 strikeouts in 58 innings.  

Three former Polk State pitchers were also drafted.  

Jonathan Bermudez went to the Houston Astros (23rdround), Johnny Schneider was selected by the Cincinnati Reds (29thround), and Joe Strzelecki was picked by the Miami Marlins (34thround). 

All three pitched for the Polk State team that captured the 2016 Suncoast Conference championship. 

Bermudez earned 2018 All-America honors and was named 2018 NAIA Pitcher of the Year. 

"What an honor for our current and former players to have their names selected in the MLB Draft," said Head Coach Al Corbeil. 

"They all worked extremely hard to get to this point, and the Polk State baseball family wishes them continued success pursuing their dreams."


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