PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Phillies selected Ohio Baseball senior first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) with the 270th pick in the ninth round of the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday (June 4).
"I honestly don't even have the words to describe what it means to my family and I," Rott said. "My dad and I have put in a lot of work to get to this point and I couldn't have done it without all of the support from my mom and the rest of my family and friends that have been there since day one. I am thrilled to have this opportunity and look forward to getting to work in the Phillies organization!"
Rott is now the 70th Bobcat to be selected in the MLB draft since its inception in 1965. Rott is the fourth player to be drafted under head coach Rob Smith, joining OF Mitch Longo (2016, 16th round, Cleveland), right-handed pitcher Logan Cozart (2015, 21st round, Colorado) and right-handed pitcher Brett Barber (2013, 37th round, Toronto).
"This is absolutely well deserved for a kid who has worked incredibly hard and has left Ohio University as one of the best baseball players to ever put on the uniform," Smith said. "One year ago I know there was a lot of disappointment in the fact that he didn't get drafted but he came back and was the MAC Player of the Year for the second time in a row which had never been done in our league and now he leaves as a ninth round draft pick. I couldn't be more proud of him and we're very excited for his future."
Rott was an All-American for the first time in his career after being named Preseason All-America by the same publication before the 2019 season started. Rott was also named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2016. Earlier this season, Rott won MAC Player of the Year, becoming the first back-to-back and two-time winner of the award in the league's history. Rott was also named First Team All-MAC. During the MAC Tournament, Rott became Ohio's all-time hits leader and finished his career with 293 hits and ended his with a career .339 batting average.
Rott led the Bobcats in batting average (.382), hits (81), doubles (18), home runs (10), RBI (47), slugging percentage (.618) and on-base percentage (.464). His .382 batting average was No. 28 in the nation and second in the MAC. Rott was second in the league in slugging percentage and tied for third in home runs.
Rott and the Bobcats finished the season 20-34 and 12-14 in the league and earned the No. 6 seed in the MAC Tournament. Ohio won two games in the MAC Tournament, including a 17-inning elimination game over Miami, 6-5. The game was the longest in MAC Tournament history.