Samford’s Ervin chosen in first round of MLB Draft

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Thursday was a big day for prospects hoping to be taken in the 2013 MLB Draft.

For Samford junior center fielder Phillip Ervin, the big day turned into a reason to celebrate.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Ervin was selected in the first round, 27th overall, by the Cincinnati Reds.

With his selection, Ervin becomes the highest draft pick taken in the history of Samford baseball.

He amassed 230 career hits, 157 runs scored, 47 doubles and a career .344 batting average, all of which place Ervin in the top 10 in school history.

The three-time All-SoCon team member batted .337 with 14 doubles and 11 home runs as a junior during the 2013 season.

In 2012, he participated in the Cape Cod league, a prestigious and highly competitive summer league for collegiate baseball players. While playing for the Harwich Mariners, Ervin led the team in batting average (.321), RBIs (31), runs scored (29) and stolen bases (10).

His stellar performance in the league helped the Mariners win the the Eastern Division and earned Ervin the league’s MVP honors.

Ervin is a native of Leroy, Alabama.

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