SECAUCUS, N.J. (June 5, 2019) — Berry baseball student-athlete Dylan Beasley became the first Viking in the team's NCAA Division III era to be drafted in the Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon after being selected by the Washington Nationals in the 32nd round (963rd overall).
Beasley is the 33rd Berry baseball player to have a chance to compete at the professional level and the first since Stephen Gaylor inked an undrafted deal with the Atlanta Braves in 2014. He is the seventh NCAA Division III player taken in this year's draft.
"I'm just super happy for Dylan," head coach David Beasley said. "I'm really proud of all the work he put in and for the Nationals' scouts for giving him an opportunity to be drafted. I'm happy for our program and for him especially getting to fulfill something he's wanted since he was a kid."
This is Beasley's second selection in the MLB draft after the Atlanta Braves selected him in the 40th round of the 2016 draft.
"It's very exciting," Dylan said. "This is what you work for. There's nothing but excitement right now because I know there are so many more things to come. I knew there were several teams interested but the Nationals were one of the teams I would love to go to so I'm glad they are the ones that called."
Beasley just completed his junior season at Berry, earning his second All-Conference honor as a right-handed pitcher and shortstop. He ranked top-10 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) with two triples, 34 RBIs, a 5-0 record on the mound and a career-best 48 strikeouts. On the year, he hit a career-high .313 with a .435 slugging percentage. He was also selected to this year's SAA All-Tournament team and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region team.
Berry closed the 2019 season 28-15 overall with a 13-8 conference mark. The Vikings finished third in the regular season and exited the SAA Tournament in round two. Berry's 28 victories this season marks the second most overall wins since the Vikings joined NCAA Division III.