Williams, Stefan Selected in MLB Draft

Jeb Stefan was taken in the 22nd round by the Phillies.
 
Jeb Stefan was taken in the 22nd round by the Phillies.
 

June 6, 2012

RUSTON - Louisiana Tech first baseman Alex Williams and pitcher Jeb Stefan were both selected Wednesday during the third day of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Williams was taken with the 12th pick of the 19th round (591st overall) by the Chicago White Sox while Stefan was selected with the 30th pick of the 22nd round (698th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 6-foot-6-inch, 265-pound Williams batted .332 during his senior season with 72 hits in 217 at bats, including 11 doubles and 12 home runs. A second team all-Western Athletic Conference selection and WAC all-tournament team honoree, Williams led Tech in RBI (46), total bases (119), slugging percentage (.548) and home runs while ranking second in runs scored with 38.

"I'm really excited," Williams said. "I was ecstatic when I got the call from the team. I'm just ready to go out and keep playing. I've always wanted to get a chance to play professional ball. It's like a dream come true.

"I was following the draft and actually heard my name right before I got the phone call. I had talked to a number of teams, including the White Sox, but I didn't know it would be them. They are going to send me out to Arizona for a couple of weeks and then out to play rookie ball. I'm not sure where they will send me."

During his four-year career, Williams batted .304 with 253 hits, including 45 doubles and 34 home runs. He registered 175 RBI and 142 runs scored.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 225-pound Stefan posted a 2-7 mark this season with a 4.89 earned run average while making a team-high 13 starts on the mound. The Lafayette native worked 84.2 innings allowing 86 hits and 40 walks while striking out 81 batters.

"I think it was special that it happened today," Stefan said. "This was a dream that both Alex and I shared when we first came here and were roommates. It was nice to achieve it together at the same time.

 

 

"I knew (the Phillies) were interested. They were one of a few teams that showed interest. I kind of found out ahead of time that something was probably going to happen pretty soon, but I watched it come across with my parents. It was really exciting."

Stefan, who has one year of eligibility remaining, said that he will meet with the Phillies organization to discuss his options before making a final decision on whether to sign or return for another year as a Bulldog.

For his career, Stefan has recorded a 14-18 record, including a 7-4 mark in 2011.