Alvin Community College infielder J.C. Correa joined three former Dolphins’ players and Manvel High School’s Jonathan Jones in receiving their future shot to compete in the big leagues after being selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft last week.
“We’re excited to have so many members of the ACC Dolphin family get drafted,” ACC Athletic Director Bill Lewis said. “ I know the work that our coaching staff puts in with all of these players and the individual commitment the players bring with them, and it’s fun to see that work get rewarded.”
Correa was taken in the 33rd round by the Houston Astros. JC Correa is the brother of Carlos Correa, who’s the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year and a 2017 World Series champion.
Playing at second base at Alvin Community College during the last two years, Correa delivered lofty offensive numbers both years. The two-time All-Region XIV South Zone Conference infielder batted .344 during his freshman season with 34 RBI’s, 34 runs scored, 14 doubles and three home runs, while hitting .371 this past spring with 29 RBI’s and 12 doubles.
Jones, who was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 27th round, is fresh off earning All- District 23-5A honors on the mound. The right-hander went 7-2 on the mound with a 1.37 earned run average, while also hitting .419 with a team-leading 27 RBI’s and nine doubles.
“I am extremely excited for Jonathan,” Manvel head baseball coach Kelly Kerlin said. “Him being drafted impacts his future and it is a wonderful opportunity for him to better himself and his family. It is also great for our program.
“He worked extremely hard to get this opportunity and showed tremendous improvement from his junior season to his senior season.”
The former ACC players drafted are Blake Chisolm by the Washington Nationals, C.J. Carter by the Miami Marlins and Joey Pulido by the Toronto Blue Jays.
“We could not be more proud of the Alvin guys selected in the MLB draft,” Dolphins’ head coach Jason Schreiber said. “It is great to see their hard work pay off.
“This shows the quality of talent Alvin recruiting coordinator Mike Partida and the coaching staff is bringing on campus and the culture to get better. We expect to see more Dolphins selected in next year’s draft.”
Correa played as an infielder for ACC in the 2017 and 2018 seasons and had signed a letter of intent to play at Lamar University before being drafted.
Chisolm played for ACC as a pitcher and first baseman in 2016 before moving to Sam Houston State University. Joey Pullido pitched for ACC in 2015 and 2016 before transferring to the University of Houston. C.J. Carter pitched at ACC in 2017 and then transferred to Troy University.
ACC coaches have helped develop these players and are looking forward to the next generation in 2019, Lewis said.
“The great thing about JUCO baseball in Texas is the level of competition that you face every single game,” he said. “You come to our games and you see scouts from everywhere sitting in the stands evaluating talent from both teams. The level of ability just continues to climb throughout the state and the rest of the country.”
The drive of the ACC Athletics program is to develop players both on the field and especially in the classroom.
“Many of those kids that don’t get drafted are getting the chance to continue playing at the university level,” Lewis said. “One of our players this year, Blake Ledoux, is going to be attending West Point and playing for the U.S. Army.
“You don’t get that opportunity unless you’re taking care of business on the field and in the classroom and Blake was simply a model student-athlete for us at ACC.”