Former Dunbar star and Mr. Baseball Josh Ellis was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Day 2 of the Major League Draft.
Ellis, a senior at Wake Forest, was taken in the 11th round. His brother, A.J., was drafted by the Dodgers in the 18th round in 2003.
Ellis appeared in 34 games this season for the Demon Deacons, going 5-4 with a 3.20 ERA.
Morehead State pitcher Henry Mabee was selected in the 19th round by the White Sox. A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Mabee was 5-4 with a 4.19 ERA for the Eagles. In 88 innings pitched, Mabee recorded 82 strikeouts.
Eastern Kentucky University junior third baseman Lucas Waters became the sixth Colonel student-athlete in the past five years to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when he was chosen by the Florida Marlins in the 14th round on Friday
“Lucas had a tremendous year in the Ohio Valley Conference and this is a great reward for him,” head coach Elvis Dominguez said. “We’re extremely proud of him, he put in a lot of hard work to get to this point.”
The Stearns, Ky. native led the Colonels and ranked fifth in the OVC with a .361 average in 2007, including six home runs and 11 doubles in 38 starts. Waters had 16 multi-hit games and was named conference player of the week on April 23 after hitting .600 (12-for-20) with 10 runs scored, three doubles, a home run and nine RBI in five games the previous week. In the summer of 2006 he was second in the Alaska Baseball League with a .350 average, leading the league with 33 stolen bases. Last season he hit .300 in 55 starts at shortstop, ranking first in the OVC with 30 steals.