SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong State University senior first baseman R.J. Dennard was selected in the 39th round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals with pick 1,181 on Wednesday.
The fourth-year senior wrapped up his stellar Armstrong State career in 2015 by hitting .370 with 16 doubles, four home runs and 34 RBI. Dennard earned PBC All-Academic honors as a senior and was named to the 2015 PBC All-Tournament Team as the Pirates advanced to the PBC Tournament championship game. During the tournament, Dennard hit .615 (8-for-13) with a home run and three RBI.
In his four-year career, the Soperton, Ga., native hit .364 with 268 hits, 57 doubles, 19 home runs and 167 RBI. Dennard finished his career ranking in the Top 10 in seven different offensive categories at Armstrong - third in doubles, tied for third in hits, fifth in at-bats (737), sixth in RBI and runs scored (161) and tied for ninth in walks (107). He was a two-time All-Peach Belt Conference and ABCA All-Southeast Region honoree during his career.
Dennard is the 26th player to be drafted from Armstrong State since Warren Bachman (1982) was the first Pirate to be selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Overall, the Pirates have sent 76 players to professional baseball in the last 33 years.
(From Armstrong State University Reports)