Three Warriors Drafted in MLB

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2016


Top (left to right): Michael Rishwain, Sam Sheehan. Bottom: Jarrett Costa.

Top (left to right): Michael Rishwain, Sam Sheehan. Bottom: Jarrett Costa.

Three Warriors were selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Michael Rishwain was selected in the 23rd round by the Washington Nationals and the Oakland A’s selected Sam Sheehan in the 31st round and Jarrett Costa in the 33rd round.

Over the past three years, seven Warriors have been selected in the drafted. Catcher Brandon Gildea was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2014 draft. Last season, Russell Harmening was taken by the Nationals while Andrew Vasquez and Hector Lujan were claimed by the Minnesota Twins. Additionally, Will Barring signed with the New York Mets a year ago.

“I am very proud of Michael, Sam and Jarrett,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “They each have worked incredibly hard to earn this opportunity. I am confident that they are prepared to compete at the next level and am glad that they can represent our college and our program in their organizations.”

Rishwain, a right-handed pitcher from Lodi, posted a 1.54 ERA and a record of 4-1 this season in 24 appearances and 35 2/3 innings of work. Sheehan, from Bonita, earned All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors after appearing in 24 games, tallying a 1.48 ERA and a posting a 3-1 record in 30 1/3 innings.

“For Michael and Sam – along with Russell Harmening – their class accomplished three of the most successful seasons in program history and three players from that class have now been drafted,” noted Ruiz. “It was a marathon of work that they needed to accomplish and I am proud of their perseverance and determination.”

Costa, a catcher who hails from Fremont, was named to both the All-GSAC Team and the GSAC Gold Glove Team. Costa tallied 61 hits on the season for a .333 batting average. He posted five home runs and a team-high 14 doubles to record a .492 slugging percentage. He also drove in a team-high 49 RBIs.

“I am proud of what Jarrett overcame to make it to this point in his career,” said Ruiz. “His work ethic and perseverance are admirable and I am excited to see him embrace this next opportunity in baseball.”

“We are excited as a program to again see players get an opportunity to continue their careers in pro ball,” said Ruiz. “It is great for recruits, alumni and everyone in between to know that Westmont College is a place that players can choose to pursue their faith, their education and their dream of playing baseball at the highest level.”