The Washington Nationals selected UTRGV senior second baseman Anthony Gomez in the 33rd round with the 1,023rd pick of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday, the third day of the draft.
Gomez, a Florida native, is the 37th UTRGV player (including the university’s time as UTPA) drafted in program history and the sixth in the last eight years.
He helped lead the UTRGV baseball team to the program’s first Western Athletic Conference regular season championship as he hit a career-best .312 with four home runs and 49 RBIs. His 22 multi-hit games was also a team-high, as were his 13 multi-RBI games.
Former Edinburg North star and current LSU sophomore Saul Garza was selected in the 32nd round with the 949th pick by the Kansas City Royals. Garza was recently voted the Co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional after hitting .500 with six RBIs. He was also named to the SEC All-Tournament Team. In his first year with the Tigers, Garza has a .309 average with five home runs, 27 RBIs and 20 runs.
Garza, who was also drafted in the 2017 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, will reportedly head back to LSU for his junior season “unless blown away by an offer.”
Luis Treviño, a former Sharyland High standout and this year’s 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year, was selected in the 40th round with the 1,208th pick by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Treviño hit .408 and started 52 of 52 games, finishing the year with 15 home runs and 63 RBIs.