State University center fielder Richard Amion and catcher Richard Gonzalez were
selected on day three of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
was selected in the 18th round by the San Francisco Giants, while
Gonzalez was selected in the 29th round by the Houston Astros.
is one of the hardest working players I've working players I've ever coached,"
Alabama State head baseball coach Mervyl Melendez said. "For him to realize one
of his goals is a great accomplishment. He was a difference maker for our
program, putting up great numbers."
Amion (5-11, 185, Jr., Cutler Bay, Fla.), a 2014 first-team
All-SWAC selection, set career highs in batting average (.336 – second on
the team) and home runs (four) with 27 RBI. He was 10th in the SWAC
in average, first in runs scored (66), second in both hits (71) and walks (37),
third in on-base percentage (.452), and tied for fifth in stolen bases (17),
reaching base in 51 of 54 games this season. Amion led the Hornets with 25
multi-hit games, including a career-high four hits at Jackson St. (3/22 – game
2) and a five-RBI game at a Samford (3/18/14). For his career, Amion hit .299 with
five triples, six home runs, 86 RBI and 87 stolen bases.
"Today my dream of playing professional baseball has come
true," said Amion, who started 156 of his 161 games as a Hornet. "I want to
thank Coaches Melendez, (Jose) Vazquez, (Drew) Clark, and (Matt) Crane for
shaping me into the player I am today. Without them I would not have matured as
a man on and off the field. I am grateful for everything ASU has done for me. I
am excited about embarking on the next chapter of my life. Go Hornets!"
Gonzalez (5-10, 205, Jr., Caguas, PR) was a three-time
All-SWAC selection, earning first team honors this past season in hitting .270
with a career-high four home runs and 33 RBI. He was fifth in the SWAC in runs
scored (48), and had 47 hits, including eight doubles and two triples. Gonzalez
had a .406 on-base percentage and a .408 slugging percentage, and stole seven
bases. He had nine multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games this season.
Defensively, he threw out 16 runners trying to steal this season and had a .982
fielding percentage. For his career, Gonzalez hit .303 with 27 doubles, nine
triples, five home runs and 100 RBI, and threw out 70 runners attempting to
"Vince has been our workhorse the last three years,"
Melendez said of Gonzalez, who started all but one of his 162 games in a Hornet
uniform. "He has led our team on and off the field and we're excited he's
getting this opportunity. He will be a great professional player. His defensive
skills are as good as they come, and he was a great offensive player for us."
Gonzalez hit .270 or above all three seasons, highlighted
by a career-best .348 average in 2013.
"I want to thank the coaching staff because they made be
better, not just as a player, but as a person," Gonzalez said. "I want to thank
all my teammates as well. The Hornets are my family, and without them I
wouldn't have been able to accomplish this."
The duo joins seventh-round draft pick SS Emmanuel Marrero in giving the Hornets three players in the 2014 MLB Draft class. Arguably the most decorated trio in program history, ASU baseball won 89 games over the past three seasons, including notable victories over #4-ranked Miami, Auburn, Troy and South Alabama during that time.
INFORMATION SOURCE: ASU Athletics