Smith Island Native Selected By A’s in MLB Draft
LYNCHBURG, Va.- The Oakland Athletics on Wednesday selected Liberty Flames pitcher and Smith Island, Maryland native Caleb Evans during the 32nd round on the final day of the 2017 MLB first-year player draft.
With the selection of the right-hander’s selection, Liberty said it has now had 64 players taken in the MLB draft during the 44-year history of its program and had at least one player chosen in each draft since 2000.
Libery said Evans, a senior in 2017, was taken by Oakland with the 951st selection of the draft. The pitcher becomes the third Liberty player all-time to be chosen by the A’s in the MLB draft. The team previously selected former Flames pitcher Dan Valentin in the 2000 draft and pitcher Jared Lyons, who is currently pitching for the A’s Single A affiliate Stockton, in the 2015 draft.
A starter for the Flames in 2017, Evans recorded a 5-4 record with a career-best 4.10 ERA over 68 innings. The right-hander struck out 57 and walked 33 in 15 appearances and 13 starts in 2017. He pitched a complete game in an 11-1 victory over High Point on March 17.
Evans made 49 appearances during his four years in a Liberty uniform. The right-hander, who pitched solely in relief during his first three seasons, posted a 5-4 record with a 5.23 ERA and a save over 108 1/3 innings during his career.