St. Joseph graduate Jordan Brewer, an outfielder for the University of Michigan baseball team, was selected in the third round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft on Tuesday.
Brewer, the Big Ten Player of the Year, has helped the Wolverines (44-19) reach the NCAA Super Regionals this season, where the Wolverines will take on UCLA in a best-of-three series beginning Friday in California.
He missed the first three games of the NCAA regional because of a turf-toe injury, but returned for the Wolverines’ 17-6 victory over Creighton in the regional final.
Brewer was 3 for 5 with a pair of RBIs for Michigan.
Brewer transferred to Michigan from Lincoln Trail (Ill.) Community College to Michigan this season, and has been an instant success for the Wolverines.
Many scouts had projected Brewer to be drafted within the top five rounds. He had garnered attention prior to coming to Michigan, but wanted to play for the Wolverines.
“Now, it’s legit,” Brewer told the Detroit Free Press prior to the draft. “I’m taking it all in, because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s been an amazing experience. I feel like I have to pinch myself, because it feels like a dream.”
Through Tuesday’s regional final, Brewer is batting a team-leading .349 with 12 home runs (tied with three teammates for first) and a team-leading 19 doubles.
Brewer won’t be the only one in the Astros’ organization with St. Joseph ties. Pitcher Justin Verlander is married to model and actress Kate Upton, who was born in St. Joseph and lived part of her childhood there. Her father is Niles Athletic Director Jeff Upton, and her uncle is U.S. Representative Fred Upton.