Major League Baseball calls Landon Cray

By Patrick J. Sullivan of the Leader
Posted 6/16/15

Chimacum High School graduate and Seattle University baseball player Landon Cray intends to sign a contract to become a professional baseball player.

Cray, 21, became the 538th player chosen last …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

E-mail
Password
Log in

Major League Baseball calls Landon Cray

Posted

Chimacum High School graduate and Seattle University baseball player Landon Cray intends to sign a contract to become a professional baseball player.

Cray, 21, became the 538th player chosen last week in Major League Baseball’s annual entry draft of amateur players. The left-handed hitting center fielder was chosen in the 18th round by Tampa Bay of the American League.

"I had a good idea that their scout was interested in me but I had no real indication on draft day," Cray told the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader, which cannot come up with how long it has been since a college athlete from Jefferson County was drafted by a professional athletic team.

Cray, the son of Michelle and Jared Cray of Chimacum, has excelled at baseball from Little League through high school and into college. He was selected by Tampa Bay on June 10, the first Seattle U baseball player to be drafted since the school reinstated baseball as a varsity sport; two other Redhawks were also drafted this season.

Cray led his college team in batting average in each of his three seasons. This season, Cray led the Seattle U Redhawks in four top offensive categories: batting average (.324), slugging percentage (.478), on base percentage (.412) and runs scored (40). He finished with 59 hits including 10 doubles, three triples and four home runs. He ranked in the top 15 of all college baseball players as being tough to strike out.

“Landon has had an amazing career by leading our team in hitting all three years that he has been here and became one of the toughest outs in the country this season,” said Donny Harrel, Seattle U baseball coach.

At 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, Cray has been a three-year starter for his college team. At Chimacum High School, he was a four-year varsity starter and league most valuable player. The Cowboys won three state Class 1A trophies (one championship) during his years. In 2011 he was Class 1A all-state player of the year.

One MLB talent evaluator described Cray as having “demonstrated fantastic plate discipline at the plate and all kinds of speed and range in center.”

What would Cray say to a young athlete from Chimacum, Quilcene or Port Townsend about a dream to play college or professional sports?

"Always have confidence and play with passion. It's easy to think that because you come from Chimacum that you are at a disadvantage or not as good as a player from a bigger school. Well, if you let that creep into your mind you are already beat. Playing with confidence is huge, and if you work hard anything can happen."

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment