“What a great day for Ball State baseball,” Cardinals’ head coach Rich Maloney said. “It is exciting to see these players realize their dream of playing professional baseball. To become a national program players getting to play at the next level is a prerequisite. Each of these student-athletes earned their degrees, which makes me very proud. They exemplified the true meaning of student-athlete.”
Weir was selected in the 17th round with the 507th pick overall by the San Diego Padres. Godfrey was a 22nd-round pick by the Atlanta Braves, while Bautista was chosen by the Miami Marlins in the 32nd round.
This trio makes it a total of 55 Ball State baseball players selected in the MLB Draft.
A senior pitcher, infielder and designated hitter, Weir ranks ninth in the nation with 117 strikeouts and 15th nationally with 16 games started on the mound. He finished second in the Mid-American Conference in strikeouts and tied for third in pitching victories (8), while ranking tied for third in games started and fourth with 99.2 innings pitched. Weir struck out a career-high 14 batters versus Western Michigan April 19, which was the highest single-game total by a MAC pitcher this season. He struck out at least eight batters in seven outings this year plus hit three home runs, with five doubles, two triples and 17 RBI in his 109 at-bats. Weir completed the season with an 8-2 pitching record and a 3.61 earned-run average.
Godfrey, who was named to the Louisville Slugger Collegiate Baseball All-America Third Team, was named the 2014 MAC Player of the Year. He batted .333 in 237 at-bats for the Cardinals in 2014 with nine home runs, 22 doubles and 57 runs-batted-in. Godfrey ranks nationally in doubles (9th), runs-batted-in (17th), total bases (30th with 128) and hits (45th with 79). Godfrey became the 15th player in Ball State history honored by an All-America team and the eighth to earn third-team honors.
Bautista was 3-1 in 18 appearances for the Cardinals in 2014 and tallied a 3.55 ERA. He pitched 25.1 innings, allowing 10 earned runs and striking out 25 batters. Opponents batted a mere .233 against Bautista, which was the best mark on the Ball State pitching staff.
The Ball State trio helped the Cardinals to a 39-18 overall record, the MAC Regular-Season Championship, a MAC West Division title and the No. 1 seed in the MAC Tournament.