YUMA, Ariz. – Former Arizona Western College baseball pitcher Carlos Vega was selected in the 21st round by the Chicago Cubs earlier in the afternoon during the MLB Draft. Vega spent the last two seasons at Southeast Missouri State after playing for two years with the Mats.
Vega pounded the strike zone and led Southeast Missouri State with 85 strikeouts in 73.1 innings. The senior had a 2.45 ERA and an 8-3 record in 20 appearances (nine starts). Plus, Vega only walked 24 batters and held opponents to a .222 batting average against him. His last start proved to be one of his best as he struck out 11 in 8.1 innings in a 5-2 win over Murray State. He struck out at least seven batters in six of his last seven starts for Southeast Missouri State, and he was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team.
As a junior, Vega worked as a reliever and led the team with six saves and 23 relief appearances. He struck out 45 in 35.1 innings with a 3.82 ERA and a 1-4 record.
With the Mats, Vega was a rock and led the team in 2016 with 90 strikeouts in 66.1 innings as a sophomore. He posted a 2.44 ERA and went 8-3 while adding a save in 16 appearances. In his last start for the Mats, he struck out 13 in seven innings in an 11-3 win over Yavapai. He was named to the All-ACCAC and All-Region I First Teams.
As a freshman, Vega worked as a reliever and had 32 strikeouts in 30 innings with a 3.60 ERA and a 2-1 record.
Vega is the second Matador to be drafted today. Sean Roby was drafted in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.