LUBBOCK, Texas — Saturday was the most active day for Lubbock Christian University baseball and the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, as a program single-draft record four Chaparrals were selected by Major League Baseball programs. Fabian Roman (Cincinnati Reds), Christian Vazquez (Toronto Blue Jays), Jace Chancellor (San Diego Padres) and Derek Loera (Tampa Bay Rays) were each selected.
Roman was the top Chap selected in the draft, chosen in the 16th round by the Cincinnati Reds as the 495th overall selection in the draft. The right-handed pitcher pitched his junior season in 2012 with Northwestern State (La.) and transferred to LCU. Due to an academic eligibility issue with his transfer, he was redshirted this season and did not compete for the 2013 Chaps. The Jersey City, N.J. native who played his junior college ball at Odessa College, is the fourth Chap all-time to be drafted by the Reds. Will Stramp was selected by the Reds in the 33rd round in 2009. Former Chaps infielder Tim Belk was selected by the Reds in 1992 (15th round) and made his MLB debut in 1996.
Vazquez was selected in the 19th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Chaps shortstop was the 565th overall selection. This season, Vazquez completed his junior season with the Chaparrals and was one of two players to play in all 61 games this season. The Humacao, Puerto Rico native hit .402 this season for the Chaps with a team-leading 97 hits (second in the NAIA). He ranked fourth in total bases (137), fifth in runs scored (63), doubles (23), hits per game (1.6) and sixth in total at-bats (241). The shortstop was also solid defensively, ranking 10th in assists (175) and with just nine errors on the season. He is the second Chaps member to be drafted by the Blue Jays. The last was Chris Holguin in the 14th round of the 2008 draft.