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Rio Grande’s Shockley goes to Pittsburgh in MLB draft

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

The Rio Grande RedStorm enjoyed a great season, winning the River States Conference championship this past season and finished 39-21 while earning a berth in the NAIA national tournament.
On Tuesday, Rio Grande junior catcher Dylan Shockley added the icing to the cake by being drafted in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Other Rio Grande players drafted were Jeff Wayland by the Pirates in the 30th round back in 1984 and David Robinson in 1995 when the Philadelphia Phillies took him in the 39th round.
Tuesday, Shockley was named to the NAIA All-American second team after being a first team All-American last season.
A native of Minford, Shockley is a two-time River States Conference Player of the Year (2018, 2019). He was also named to the RSC Scholar-Athlete team.
Starting 59 of 60 games he played this past season, Shockley hit .373 with five home runs, 23 doubles, five triples and 46 runs batted in.
He had a .594 slugging percentage. .479 on-base percentage and struck out 30 times in 217 plate appearances.
Besides his catching duties, Shockley pitched in 15 games as a reliever and posted a 5-0 record with six saves.
He had a 2.21 earned run average, struck out 25 in 20.1 innings, walked five and hit a batter. Opposing teams hit just .247 against him as he allowed 20 hits and five runs — all earned.