NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
Cal State Northridge outfielder Miles Williams was selected in the 15th round (pick #442 overall) of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins on Saturday afternoon. Williams, a junior from Windsor, Calif., was drafted in his first year of eligibility after joining the Matadors as a freshman in 2011.
After appearing in 30 games and making 14 starts as a freshman, Williams had a breakout season for the Matadors as a sophomore in 2012. He led the team with six home runs and drove in 25 runs while scoring 31 times.
Williams only got better in his junior season and looked to be the clear favorite for Big West Player of the Year before suffering an injury in late March. In 22 games before the injury, Williams led the league with seven home runs and also drove in 23 runs.
He returned to the lineup for the final two games of the season against then-No. 3 Cal State Fullerton and had four RBIs. Williams hit a dramatic three-run home run in the season finale that put an exclamation point on his long road back to the field. He ended the season with eight home runs, tied for third in the Big West, and a career-high 27 RBIs in just 24 games.
In three seasons with the Matadors, Williams has a .250 batting average with 15 home runs, 11 doubles and 57 RBIs. In addition, Williams has six sacrifice bunts and has stolen seven bases in nine attempts.
Cal State Northridge has now had at least one player drafted in the MLB Draft every year except for one (2004) since 1995. Williams becomes the first Matador taken by the Marlins organization since third baseman Jason Shanahan was drafted by the Florida Marlins in 1995. He is also the fifth Matador selected in Marlins history.