Samford junior center fielder Phillip Ervin became the first player in program history to be drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft, when the Cincinnati Reds selected him with the 27th pick overall on Thursday.
Ervin is the highest draft pick in Samford history in any sport, and he is just the fourth Bulldog baseball player to be taken in the first 10 rounds. The previous highest pick was Brandon Miller, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.
Ervin is also the highest-ever selection among current Southern Conference schools while they were a league member, surpassing Georgia Southern's Victor Roache, who went 28th overall in 2010.
In just three seasons in a Samford uniform, Ervin ranks in the top 10 in school history in career hits (230), batting average (.344), runs scored (157) and doubles (47). Ervin also saw limited time as a relief pitcher in his Samford career, allowing just one run over 9.2 innings of work for a 0.93 Earned Run Average.
In his time in a Samford uniform, Ervin was a three-time All-SoCon team member. He was named first team All-SoCon in 2012 and 2013, and he was named to the second team as a freshman in 2011.
In the 2013 season, Ervin batted .337 with 14 doubles, a career-high 11 home runs and 40 RBI. He also stole 21 bases in 23 attempts, and he finished with an impressive .433 on-base percentage and a .597 slugging percentage.
As a sophomore in 2012, Ervin finished with a .327 average to go along with a career-high 18 doubles, 10 home runs and a career-high 52 RBI. Ervin helped lead the Bulldogs to a school-record 41 wins and the program's first SoCon Tournament title and first NCAA Tournament bid.
Following his sophomore season, Ervin played in the prestigious Cape Cod League, earning League MVP honors. Ervin, playing for the Harwich Mariners, helped lead his team to the league's Eastern Division title. He led his team in batting with a .323 average, RBI with 31, runs scored with 29 and stolen bases with 10 in 12 attempts. He ranked second on the team in home runs with 11 and in doubles with five.
As a freshman in 2011, Ervin led the team in hitting with a .371 average. He tallied 15 doubles, four home runs and 41 RBI. Ervin was named Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
COURTESY: Samford Media Relations
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