Eastern Kentucky University’s Mandy Alvarez was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 17th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday. Alvarez was the 518th overall pick in the draft.

The senior was the 17th overall pick by the Yankees. He was the first third baseman chosen by New York.

Alvarez, the Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Year, had a .409 batting average, 97 hits, 13 home runs and 58 RBIs in 2016. At the end of the regular season, he had more hits than any other player in NCAA Division I baseball. Alvarez was also a first team All-OVC selection and is a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, which is given to the breakout player of the year.

The Miami, Florida native is the 33rd Major League Baseball Draft selection in EKU history. Eleven former Colonels have played in Major League Baseball, including current San Diego Padres left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich (3-1, 2.57 ERA).

The Yankees have five rookie league teams, two in the Dominican Summer League and two in the Gulf Coast League. New York’s Appalachian League rookie team is located in Pulaski, Virginia. The organization’s short season team is located on Staten Island.

Kevin Britton
Eastern Kentucky University
Assistant Athletics Director for Communications & Branding