Major League baseball teams drafted four former members of the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) baseball team in the recent Major League Baseball Draft.
Paul Volker was chosen by the Detroit Tigers in the 10th round, Alec Crawford was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the 25th round, Blake Schmit went to the Minnesota Twins in the 26th round and Edwin Medina was selected by the Houston Astros in the 33rd round.
Volker, a native of Plymouth, Minn., played at DMACC in 2012 before transferring to Dallas Baptist University where he has played the past two seasons. While at DMACC, Volker was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XI All-Region Team.
Crawford, who is from Wilton, Iowa, played at DMACC in 2011 and 2012 before transferring to the University of Minnesota where he has played the past two seasons. He earned numerous postseason honors, including first team All-American honors in 2012, NJCAA Division II World Series All-Tournament Team in 2012, North Plains District All-District team and Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) Player and Pitcher of the Year. In 2011, Crawford was named to the North Plains All-District Team, the NJCAA Region XI All-Region Team and the NJCAA Region XI Academic All-Region Team.
Crawford holds DMACC school records for most career wins (22); most career earned run average (2.07); most career innings pitched (196); most career strikeouts (187); single-season career wins (12 in 2012); and single-season innings pitched (104.1 in 2012).
Schmit, who is from Eden Prairie, Minn., played at DMACC in 2011 and 2012 before transferring to the University of Maryland. He earned NJCAA Region XI First Team honors in 2012 and second-team honors in 2011. Schmit was also named the Easton Division II Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and was named to the Rawlings Gold Glove team in 2011. He was also named the ICCAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Medina, a native of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, played at DMACC in 2012 and 2013 before transferring to St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. He was named an NJCAA First Team All-American in 2013 and the North Plains All-District Team and the NJCAA Region XI All-Region Team. Medina was also named the ICCAC Player of the Year in 2013. He was also named to the NJCAA Region XI All-Region Team in 2012.
DMACC baseball teams experienced considerable success during the time the aforementioned athletes played for the Bears. The 2013 team compiled a 44-11 record, won the ICCAC regular season championship and was an NJCAA Region XI semifinalist. In 2012, the Bears were 51-15 and won the ICCAC regular season championship and the North Plains District championship to qualify for the NJCAA Division II World Series. The 2011 DMACC team was 48-18 and won the ICCAC regular season championship and the North Plains District title to qualify for the NJCAA Division II World Series.