by Doug Page
SECAUCUS, N.J. – Former Barton College right-handed pitcher Trent Fennell was selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday afternoon. The Colorado Rockies used their 24th round (726th overall) pick to select the recent graduate from Dunn, N.C.
Fennell tallied 99 strikeouts during his senior campaign for the Bulldogs to break his previously-held record for strikeouts in a single season. Fennell also set Barton's NCAA Division II era record for strikeouts in a career with 252. Fennell made 52 appearances and 43 starts for the Bulldogs while going 17-17 with eight complete games in 240.1 innings of work.
"Trent Fennell is what Barton baseball is all about," noted first-year head coach Jim Chester. "He brings high character, high academics, and an elevated level of play on the field. I couldn't be more proud and excited for him and his family. He gets to live out what all players dream about doing, being a professional baseball player."
He went 6-5 in 2018 with a pair of complete games, recording a career-high 16 strikeouts against Clarion University on Mar. 9. Fennell's other complete game effort came in a 4-1 win for BC to open Conference Carolinas play against King University on Feb. 23. He would also help the Bulldogs record a 6-5 victory against nationally-ranked Belmont Abbey College on April 14 as he recorded seven strikeouts and yielded just two runs through five innings.
"This is an outstanding day for our program," said Chester. "Trent's story is one we can share to all future Barton baseball players for years to come. He has set the standard for current and future Bulldogs."
Fennell becomes the first Barton baseball player to be selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft since Kramer Sneed in 2010. Sneed was selected by the New York Yankees in the 32nd round after finishing his junior season with the Bulldogs.