ROCHESTER -- Oakland University first baseman Zach Sterry was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round and 251st overall on Tuesday afternoon in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.
"I am honored that I can continue to play and thankful to the Red Sox for giving me a chance," Sterry said. "I would like to also thank my teammates and coaches who have been behind me through this process and will never forget the time I've had at Oakland."
Sterry, a Mansfield, Ohio native, was an All-Horizon League second team selection and led the Golden Grizzlies with a .346 batting average to go with 14 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 44 RBIs. He also led the Horizon League in slugging percentage at .643 which ranked 34th nationally. Sterry reached base safely for 38 consecutive games from Feb. 24 to May 7.
Sterry becomes the first Oakland player since 2005 to be drafted in the first 10 rounds and is the second-highest draft pick in school history. Oakland has now had a player sign a MLB contract in consecutive years with former shortstop Mike Brosseau signing with the Tampa Bay Rays last season.