Jackson, Tenn. - 6/4/2002 - Rolando Agosto became the second Union University Bulldog to be drafted in the 2002 First Year Player Draft held in New York City. Agosto was drafted in the 15th round by the San Diego Padres.
Agosto, a 5-foot-9 shortstop, was the 445th player to be taken overall in the draft. He played for the Bulldogs in 2002 as a junior after transferring from East Central Community College. Agosto hit .340 on the season with 14 doubles, six triples, 10 homeruns, and 45 RBI. He was second on the team in homeruns, doubles, and triples. Agosto was also second on the team with 12 stolen bases. He was named a TranSouth all-conference performer in his only season at Union. Agosto set new Union records for assists in a game with 12 and games played in a season with 64.
Coach Rushing knew Agosto was good enough but didn't know when he might go. "He was close to be drafted after his two junior college years", says Coach Rushing. Rushing adds, "Rolando hit really well for us last season and also helped us on defense. He gets to the balls that nobody else can get which provided us with some really entertaining plays in the field"
Agosto joins fellow junior, Blake Allen, as the second Union Bulldog to be drafted in today's opening rounds. Allen was selected in the eighth round by the Indians.
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