Marcel Renteria Selected In Sixth Round Of MLB Draft By New York Mets

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team made history after day two of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday. NM State pitcher Marcel Renteria was selected in the sixth round, pick 187, by the New York Mets.

This early draft selection of Renteria was the second year in a row that an Aggie has been taken in the first six rounds, joining Daniel Johnson who was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft by the Washington Nationals. This was the first time in program history that two Aggies have been drafted in the first six rounds in back-to-back years. Renteria is also just the fifth NM State player all-time to be drafted in the first 10 rounds.

“Being selected in the MLB draft is a blessing.” said Renteria. “This really shows how hard work pays off because this has been a dream of mine and getting selected by the Mets is amazing. I have to thank all my coaches and teammates at New Mexico State who have become like brothers to me. I am forever an Aggie.”

The right-handed hurler completed a stellar career at NM State with a 12-7 record and a 4.76 earned run average in 32 appearances. As a usual weekend starter for the Aggies, Renteria posted 165 strikeouts through 158.2 innings of work with a .273 opponent batting average. After facing 717 batters over two seasons, the Nogales, Ariz. native allowed just one triple and 13 homers.

After Renteria was drafted, NM State baseball head coach Brian Green said “Another great day for New Mexico State Baseball, New Mexico State University and the Renteria Family. For the second year in a row, NM State Baseball has had a player taken in the first six rounds of the MLB Draft. We place an incredible amount of value in the character and integrity of players during the recruiting process. Marcel and the Renteria family were as unbelievable a family during not only the recruiting process, but throughout their entire time here in Las Cruces.”

A hard-throwing right-hander, Renteria recorded five or more strikeouts in 19 of his 28 career starts at NM State, including a career-high 12 against North Dakota on May 14, 2016. The Aggie pitcher also tossed a career-high 9.0 innings of work in a game that took extras to decide a winner against Sacramento State on April 14, 2017.

“Marcel exemplified what it means to be an Aggie in terms of team-first integrity, energy-positive, ownership, and to place the needs of the team above his own. On behalf of the entire Aggie coaching staff, we are so proud and excited for Marcel in being selected by the Mets in the sixth round. They are bringing in a winner and the ultimate team player. Today is just a great day!” said Green.