HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from The Southern Miss Athletic Department
Southern Miss right-handed pitcher Jake Winston and catcher Chuckie Robinson each earned selection in the final day of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft Saturday afternoon.
The Arizona Diamondbacks chose Winston in the 17th round (No. 509 pick overall) making him the first Golden Eagle selection by the organization since they took Jeff Cook in the 5th round of the 2003 draft.
Robinson earned selection by the Houston Astros in the 21st round (No. 637 pick overall) as he became the first Southern Miss player taken by the club since Anthony DeWitt went in the 36th round in 2004.
Winston completed his senior campaign with a 7-2 and a 4.68 earned run average as he appeared in 22 games, including five starts. He fanned 50 in 67 1/3 innings of work with 28 walks and opponents hit just .246 off of him during the year.
He posted a 13-7 career record with a 4.18 ERA over four seasons with the Golden Eagles. He fanned 117 in 155 career innings.
Robinson, a C-USA first-team selection and a C-USA all-tournament pick, appeared in 59 games this spring, starting 57 at catcher as he hit .288 with 44 RBIs and 31 runs scored. He also finished with seven doubles, one triple and seven home runs.
His best game of the season was a 5-for-5 performance with seven RBI against WKU (5/6). He collected 11 RBIs in that series en route to earning his first C-USA Hitter of the Week honors and had a stretch with 10 hits in 10 at-bats over three games.
Defensively, Robinson had the game-ending tag at the plate that preserved a 3-2 win over Rice in Conference USA Tournament championship game.
For his career, Robinson has collected a .259 batting average in 116 games, with 10 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 59 RBI. He committed just nine errors and allowed only five passed balls in his career, while throwing out 34 of 87 base runners in his career.
It is the fourth-straight draft that the Golden Eagles enjoyed at least two selections.