At least Ball State baseball fans won’t have a long drive to check out Alex Call’s major league debut when it happens, as Call was selected 86th overall with the Chicago White Sox third-round selection in the 2016 MLB Draft.
It’s safe to say that Call is the next in a long line of baseball success stories from the diamond in Muncie, but as he was the highest draft selection of a Cardinal alum since 2010, there’s hope that he becomes the standard-bearer for BSU baseball in the majors.
The junior outfielder, who hits and throws right-handed, posted a career .425 on-base percentage over three seasons with Ball State, including a career-best .443 in 2016. His performance this season was statistically dominant and Call piled up numerous accolades following his 2016 season.
He was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, a Louisville Slugger first team All-American and named to the MAC All-Defensive Team. He was the league leader in hits (87), runs (67), doubles (24), triples (6), total bases (162) and slugging (.667) while ranking among the top five players in the MAC in home runs (13), batting average (.358), stolen bases (17) and on-base percentage (.443).
Some additional reading about Call and his journey to the MLB draft:
A story about @ACAD_27, who has long planned for the day he'd be drafted by an MLB team: https://t.co/Bymp4S9Jci pic.twitter.com/R4QmPLvCyK— Dakota Crawford TSP (@DakotaCrawford_) June 11, 2016