PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- Lake Erie College baseball's Lucas Raley was selected 221st overall in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday (June 10) in the 2016 MLB Draft.
He was the first Division-II position player selected in the draft.
"There isn't a more deserving guy I know," said Storm Head Coach Brian McGee. "I'm not talking about just being a great person, which he is, I'm taking about the passion in which he plays with while dominating the game."
Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Medina Highland) capped off an incredible career at Lake Erie with All-American honors for the 2016 season. On the year, he batted .424 with an on-base percentage of .528 and a slugging percentage of .747. In 158 at-bats, Raley had 67 hits including 11 doubles, two triples and 12 homeruns. He scored 54 times and drove in 39 runs. Raley stole 12 bases and earned 28 walks. He had 25 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games. The junior had a season-high six RBI against David and Elkins College. Raley had a fielding percentage of .983 with 11 assists.
Single season Storm records for batting average, hits, homeruns, runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were set by Raley in 2016.
For the 2016 season Raley earned a Third-Team All-American selection from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Rawlings, First-Team ABCA/Rawlings and D2CCA All-Midwest selections and an All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First-Team selection.
"I'm so happy for the entire Raley family, they have all been supporters of the program since day one," continued McGee. "His older brother Brad played here as well and is one of the best pitchers to have ever to worn a Storm uniform. I would argue that he should have pitched at the next level himself."
Raley is the second Storm student-athlete to be taken in the MLB draft. Ryan Rua was drafted in the 17th round of the 2011 draft by the Texas Rangers. He is currently on the Rangers' 25-Man Roster.
"Luke has special potential, complete player with guts, and I wouldn't be surprised if I saw him and Ryan Rua going at it in a World Series someday," remarked McGee.
For his career, Raley hit .379 with a .471 on-base percentage and a .654 slugging percentage. He totaled 160 hits with 121 runs, five triples, 31 doubles, 25 homeruns and 101 RBI. During his sophomore year in 2014, he earned GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors and an All-Midwest selection.
"We wish Luke the very best of luck and are confident he will obtain all of his dreams," concluded McGee. "We also thank him for all he has done for this program, he made us tick!"