WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — After becoming the first Viking in the baseball team's NCAA Division III era to be drafted in the Major League Baseball (MLB) First Year Player Draft, Berry's Dylan Beasley officially signed with the Washington Nationals and is competing for the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Nationals as a pitcher.
The GCL Nationals are a rookie-level Minor League Baseball team of the Gulf Coast League and an affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The team plays its home games in West Palm Beach, Florida, at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Beasley is wearing number 45 for the team and has competed in three games so far, tossing 5.0 innings. He has four strikeouts to just a single walk and has recorded a save.
Beasley is the 33rd Berry baseball player to have a chance to compete at the professional level and the first since Stephen Gaylor inked an undrafted deal with the Atlanta Braves in 2014. He is one of just nine NCAA Division III baseball players selected in this year's draft and the only junior who was drafted in Division III.
Beasley just completed his junior season at Berry, earning his second All-Conference honor as a right-handed pitcher and shortstop. He ranked top-10 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) with two triples, 34 RBIs, a 5-0 record on the mound and a career-best 48 strikeouts. On the year, he hit a career-high .313 with a .435 slugging percentage. He was also selected to this year's SAA All-Tournament team and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region team.
Berry closed the 2019 season 28-15 overall with a 13-8 conference mark. The Vikings finished third in the regular season and exited the SAA Tournament in round two. Berry's 28 victories this season marks the second most overall wins since the Vikings joined NCAA Division III.