LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The Cowboys had to wait until day three, but the Pokes made it six straight seasons with a draft pick in the MLB Draft when the Oakland Athletics selected Cowboy outfielder Shane Selman in the 21st round. The Barbe alum was the 644th selection in the draft.
“It was good, the wait is over,” admitted Selman. “It’s been a long three days for me and my parents. My dad has been pacing around the house all day waiting on this.”
Having his name called by Oakland came as a surprise because the A’s didn’t contact Selman much during the process.
“The Athletics are a great program and a great team. Honestly I can’t tell you much that I’ve known about them. They’re one of the few teams that I’ve had little contact with, so I don’t know much about them," Selman said. "I guess they knew enough about me to draft me but they’re one of the teams that I’ve talked to the least out of all the teams. It came as a shock to me that they were the ones to pick me but I’m just as happy as if it’d be anyone else.”
Selman, a fourth-year senior, completed his McNeese career with a Southland Conference Championship and a NCAA Regional appearance. In the regional, Selman lead the Cowboys offensively with a .444 batting average and three RBIs. Against Ohio State on Saturday, he went 2-for-4 from the plate with three RBIs. His second hit of the game, a single, tied him with Charlie Kingrey on the school’s all-time total bases list with 417.
Selman also finished his career second in the record book in at-bats (859); third in games started (215), games played (218), doubles (51), and home runs (38); fourth in hits (236) and RBIs (150); tied for sixth in runs scored (140) and triples (8); and tied for ninth in walks with 72.
Last season as a junior, Selman was picked in 39th round (1180th overall) by the Boston Red Sox. Selman elected to return to school for his senior season.
“It was good, especially after turning it down last year to come back and have a good fight with the team and for us to make a regional and do all that, is good stuff," said Selman. "I’m glad that I got to do that and still be able to continue my career later on.”
Selman admitted, had he not fallen in the draft a year ago, he may have not returned to school.
“The decision would’ve been a lot harder last year if I got picked where I got picked this year. I’m truly blessed to be able to continue my baseball year and try to make it.”