DeLand, Fla. - Stetson junior Nick Rickles was drafted in the 14th round (436th overall) of Monday's Major League Baseball draft. The 6-3, 225lb catcher out of Loxahatchee, Florida is the only Hatter to be selected with 30 rounds in the books.
This season he led Stetson to 43 wins, an Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship and a trip to the NCAA Regional in Columbia, South Carolina.
Rickles finished the season as Stetson's leader in batting average (.347), hits (85), doubles (20), home runs (12) and slugging percentage (.600). He was second on the team in RBI (62) and led the A-Sun in runners picked off (7) and runners caught stealing (23). He also ranked near the top in NCAA Division I as one of the most difficult players to strike out. Rickles struck out just 10 times in 245 at bats.
A First Team All-Conference selection and two-time A-Sun Player of the Week, Rickles was among the final 13 catchers on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List and was also named on the mid-season Golden Spikes Award Watch List for the top collegiate player in Division I.