WACO, TX — Junior catcher Shea Langeliers was selected as the ninth overall selection in the 2019 MLB First Year Player Draft on Monday evening.
With the pick, Baylor has had at least one player selected in 42 of 44 drafts since 1976. The Bears have had 141 total draft picks in program history.
Langeliers is the 11th Bear to be selected in the first round and the first since Aaron Miller was taken as the 36th overall (supplemental) in 2009 and the first non-supplemental first rounder since David Murphy in 2003 (17th overall). He is the second-highest Bear to be drafted in program history, sitting behind only Stan Hilton, a right-handed pitcher who was selected fifth overall in 1983.
Langeliers is also the highest-drafted player coached by Steve Rodriguez and the 52nd overall draft pick Rodriguez has coached in his 16-year career.
Langeliers, an All-American, owns a career batting average of .289 over 157 career games played. He amassed 31 home runs, 124 RBIs, with a .521 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .370. The Keller, Texas, native, hit 10 or more home runs in every season at Baylor. The 2018 Gold Glove winner at the catcher position, he boasts a career fielding percentage of .995, with just seven errors over his career. In 2018 he caught 23 of 33 attempted base stealers in 50 games started behind the dish, including only one stolen base allowed in his last 21 games catching.
In 2019, Langeliers, a first team All-Big 12 selection, batted .308 (180-for-622) in 44 games, nine doubles, one triple and 10 home runs. He drove in 42 runs, slugged .530 and had an on-base percentage of .374. Behind the plate, he did not have an error in 393 chances and threw out 14-of-25 would-be base stealers (56.0 percent).
He capped off his stellar career by mashing an NCAA postseason record 11 RBIs on a 5-for-6 day with three home runs.