Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Williamson Selected 57th By Seattle, Second-Highest In W&M Baseball History

(Tribe Athletics)

SEATTLE — William & Mary’s  Ben Williamson became the 39th player in Tribe history to hear his name called in the MLB Draft as the third baseman was selected in the second round at pick 57 by the Seattle Mariners Sunday evening. Pick 57 is the second-highest any player has been selected in school history.

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The selection comes just over a month after the Virginia native was honored as the fourth player in school history to be named the conference Player of the Year. In 2022 Williamson became the second player in school history to be named CAA Defensive Player of the Year, and in 2023 he was the program’s second player to be named to the Golden Spikes Watch List.

Williamson finished his career with 199 hits in 155 games played. The infielder hit .327, scoring 137 runs, and knocking in 89. Despite playing shortened seasons in 2020 and 2021, Williamson ranks in the top-25 in Tribe history in hits, runs, homers, and triples. He also is among the leaders in batting average, slugging, and on base percentage.

The 2023 campaign saw Williamson become the first player in Tribe history to earn First Team All-CAA honors for three consecutive seasons. Ben led the league and ranked 38th nationally with a .390 batting average, and was first in the CAA and 15th nationally with a .513 on base percentage. His 82 hits and 57 runs scored were the most by a William & Mary player since the 2014 season.

Rounds one and two of the 2023 MLB Draft were completed Sunday evening, live from Seattle. The draft continues with rounds 3-10 Monday and 11-20 on Tuesday in conjunction with the MLB Home Run Derby and All-Star Game also held in the Mariners’ home town.

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