HOUSTON – Rice junior shortstop Ford Proctor was selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball amateur draft on Tuesday (June 5).
Proctor was picked in third round by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 92nd player taken overall, vastly improving his draft status while playing at Rice. Three years ago he was a 40th round selection by the Kansas City Royals coming out of Kelly High School in Beaumont, Texas. Proctor was one of only two infielders selected by the Rays through the draft’s first ten rounds.
Proctor had another sound and solid season in 2018. He earned first team All-Conference USA honors, as well as selection to the C-USA All-Tournament Team, after leading Rice and ranking among the league’s best in hits (82), batting average (.346), home runs (8), total bases 122), slugging percentage (.515) and on-base percentage (.431). Proctor also shared the team lead in RBI (45), doubles (14) and sac flies (5), as well as finishing second on the team in runs scored (41), walks (37) and total plate appearances (281).
In addition to a steady .350 batting average at home at Reckling Park and a team-best .344 clip in all road games, Proctor hit a team-best .366 in Rice's 23 games against opponents that would go on to play in the NCAA Tournament. He maintained a 14-game hitting streak during one stretch, where he also reached base in 21-straight games, but his success on the field is only part of the story. In the classroom the junior shortstop was named to the 2018 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.