ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Two from the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft.
Aaron Ford of Tennessee Wesleyan was picked by the New York Mets in the 21st round with the 637th overall pick, while Justin Morhardt of Bryan was selected with the 650th overall pick in the 22nd round by the Atlanta Braves. Morhardt is the first player from Bryan to be selected in the MLB Draft.
Both players were named to the All-AAC First Team with Morhardt being tabbed as the Player of the Year.
A catcher, Morhardt led the AAC with a .439 batting average, which ranked him 12th in the NAIA. He lined 86 hits and had 20 doubles, 12 home runs and 51 RBIs. Morhardt posted a 0.724 slugging percentage and boasted a 0.551 on-base percentage.
Ford, a left-handed pitcher, led the conference in strikeouts per nine innings with a 12.33 average as he struck out 101 batters in 74 1/3 innings pitched. His 1.94 ERA ranks him ninth in the NAIA, and Ford posted a 6-3 record for Tennessee Wesleyan.