Lewis-Clark State College’s Cody Lavalli was selected in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon. The junior outfielder was the 1,120th pick overall.
Lewis-Clark State has now had a total of 122 players selected in the draft since 1975, and has had at least one player selected every year since 1978.
Lavalli, a 6-foot-4 native of Apple Valley, Calif., played a pivotal role for the Warriors in 2013 and helped lead the team to a national runner-up finish at the Avista-NAIA World Series.
Lavalli earned NAIA honorable mention All-American honors after finishing the season ranked in the nation’s top 50 in 12 statistical categories including fourth in total bases per game (2.5), sixth in triples (6), seventh in total bases (136), and 13th in hits per game (1.5).
He led the team in RBI’s (50), home runs (10), and slugging percentage (.627), and was second in batting average (.373).
Lavalli, who is the first Warrior outfielder drafted since Joey Dyche in 2005, becomes the 10th player in program history to be selected by the Rangers. LCSC has had at least one player drafted from all 30 of the current MLB franchises.
For a complete year-by-year list of Warrior players selected in the MLB Draft click here.