Zach Houchins picked in the 13th round by the Los Angeles Angles
June 7, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina senior Zach Houchins was selected in the 13th round by the Los Angeles Angles Saturday afternoon during the third day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Houchins, who earned First-Team All-Conference USA honors in 2014, was taken with the 389th overall pick and is the third Pirate selected in this year's draft behind Jeff Hoffman (No. 9 overall/Toronto Blue Jays) and Ryan Williams (10th RD/Chicago Cubs).
Zach Houchins - 2014 Biographical Sketch
First-Team All-Conference USA selection ... Named Williams Jungle Hitter-of-the-Year ... Led team and C-USA in hits (84) becoming the third Pirate in school history to lead the league in total hits (Darryl Lawhorn/2002 and Trent Whitehead/2009) ... Also led the team and ranked among league leaders in average (2nd/.347), total bases (4th/109), doubles (t5th/16), on-base percentage (8th/.398) and slugging percentage (8th/.450) ... Started all 59 games at third base adding three home runs, 26 RBI and six stolen bases (team co-leader) ... Recorded a team-best 27 multi-hit and six multi-RBI games ... Closed out season with a four-game hitting streak (season-high was eight) ... Reached base safely in final 12 contests, which was his second-long streak of the season (previous 19 from Feb. 28-Mar. 28) ... All three round trippers were against C-USA opponents (at ODU, MTSU, at Southern Miss) ... Recorded a season-high four hits on three occasions (at ODU, North Carolina, at Southern Miss), which tied a career-high ... Collected at least one hit in 47 of 59 games (2 hit-20, 3-hit-4, 4-hit-3) ... Scored at least one run in 21 games (multiple runs five times) ... Tied career-high with three RBI against MTSU (Apr. 18) ... Posted a pair of game-winning RBI (at UNCG/10th inning, MTSU/3rd inning) ... Led the club with 19 extra base hits ... Recorded a team-best 148 assists, while turning 15 double plays ... Ranked among the national leaders in hits (23rd) and toughest to strikeout (34th) ... Earned preseason First-Team All C-USA honors from College Sports Madness and Perfect Game.
Career Notes: Two-time All-Conference USA selection (2013-14) ... Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 15th round (pick 457) in the 2011 out of Louisburg College ... Two-year starter at third base for the Pirates ... Recorded 42 multi-hit and 17 multi-RBI games ... Posted six career game-winning RBI ... Played two summers in the Coastal Plain League (Wilson Tobs/2012, Wilmington Sharks/2013) ... Named 2012 CPL All-Star with the Tobs ... Transferred into program after spending two years at Louisburg College.
Career Numbers at ECU: .334 (144-for-431), 111 games (109 starts), 8 HRs, 61 Rs, 68 RBI (6 GW), 34 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 35 BBs, 6 HBPs, 9 SBs, 44 XBHs.
Career-Highs - at-bats: 7 (twice, last at USM 5/10/14); hits: 4 (5 times, last at USM at 5/10/14); RBI: 3 (7 times, last vs. MTSU 4/18/14); home runs: 1 (8 times, last at USM 5/10/14); runs: 3 (twice, last at ODU 4/13/14); stolen bases: 2 (twice, last vs. JMU 2/16/14).