While pursuing their educational goals at GateWay Community College, students Carl “Trey” Lang and Erick Gonzalez also realized their dream of being drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
“GateWay Community College has had some great baseball players in the last few years, “ said Robert Shabansky, baseball head coach at GateWay Community College. “This year with Trey and Erick, we had our two highest draft picks in Gecko baseball history.”
Trey Lang, a sociology student and Mesa resident, was drafted to the Chicago Cubs. The former dynamite pitcher for the Geckos, was drafted in the sixth round – 194 overall – by the Chicago Cubs. Lang, who was at one point named the No. 1 junior college pitching prospect in the country, had an impressive season and was ranked 186 overall by Baseball America at the conclusion of the year.
Shortly after being drafted into the Chicago Cubs, Trey Lang turned to twitter to express his gratitude.
"Words can't even explain the feelings I'm going through right now! Blessed to have such great family and friends!"
Erick Gonzalez, a business student and Gilbert resident, was drafted to the Houston Astros. A right-handed pitcher and a diamond in the rough as some have called him, Erick was drafted in the 15th round – 459 overall.
Gonzalez’s exceptional work ethic and talent put him in position to be drafted this year. An astounding accomplishment especially since this was the first year Gonzalez had exclusively pitched.
More information on GateWay Community College can be found at www.gatewaycc.edu.