MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State senior catcher Zach Dygert (Angola, Ind./Angola) has been selected in the 22nd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Houston Astros with the 663rd overall pick Tuesday afternoon. Dygert becomes the third Ball State player drafted this season, joining junior Kolbrin Vitek (Bryan, Ohio/Bryan) and redshirt sophomore Perci Garner (Dover, Ohio/Dover) who went in the first and second rounds, respectively.
Dygert is the 50th player drafted in Ball State baseball history and has now been drafted for two straight seasons. Last year, he was tabbed in the 48th round by the Washington Nationals before electing to return to Ball State for his senior season. He becomes the fifth Cardinal all-time to be drafted in back-to-back seasons and the first since reliever Kyle Heyne in 2007 and 2008.
Dygert, a team captain, earned his third All-Mid-American Conference honor of his career this season as he was named First Team All-MAC accolades as a junior and senior, while also picking up Second Team All-MAC honors as a sophomore. He is the first Cardinal since Bryan Bullington (2000-02) to be honored for three straight seasons with All-MAC honors.
Dygert, a Johnny Bench Award Watch List member for the nation's top catcher, posted a .307 batting average and was second on the team with 12 home runs. He finished third on the team with 57 RBI and was second in the MAC with 43 walks for a .450 on-base percentage. He scored 45 runs and was second on the team with 18 doubles.
Dygert posted 15 multiple-hit games and 15 multiple-RBI games as a senior, including posting a season-high five hits and reached base six times against Ohio in the 2010 MAC Tournament (May 27). He finished his career fourth all-time in Ball State history with 168 RBI, fourth in walks with 116 and second all-time in hit by pitch with 33.
The 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft will conclude Wednesday afternoon with rounds 31-50, beginning at noon.