Former Trojan Malone selected in MLB draft

2016 First Team All-American and former Trojan Marvin Malone was selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.
2016 First Team All-American and former Trojan Marvin Malone was selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays picked former Colby Community College outfielder Marvin Malone in the 2018 Major League Baseball player draft June 6 in Secaucus, N.J. Malone, who was a Trojan from 2014-16, went in the 16th round as the 480th overall pick.

After leaving Colby, the Douglas, Wyo., native played the 2017-18 season at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. He started 60 games while posting a .360 batting average with 19 doubles, 16 home runs, 61 runs batted in, and 17 stolen bases. Defensively, he had a .960 fielding percentage with 91 putouts. He was named to the 2018 All-World Series team after registering a .444 batting average and .522 on-base percentage as SU marched to the NAIA national championship last month.

As a Trojan, the 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound outfielder was a 2016 NJCAA First Team All-American. He hit .473 with 19 home runs, and his 101 runs batted in ranked third nationally. He was also part of a Colby squad that captured the first Jayhawk Conference baseball title in school history.

"We are extremely excited for Marvin and his family," said Trojans head coach Ryan Carter. "He has worked hard and overcame a lot to get to where he is and now has a chance to chase a goal that he set for himself a long time ago. We wish him the very best and are glad to be a small piece to his story."