RICHMOND, Va. – On Tuesday, in the tenth round of the 2019 MLB draft, four-year VCU Baseball standout Zac Ching was selected with the 311th overall pick. With this selection, Ching became the Rams second draft pick of the day, joining teammate Connor Gillispie. This marks the first time a pair of Rams teammates have been drafted since 2015.
"Zac is the definition of a college success story," VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler stated. "He worked himself from a part-time player, to everyday starter, to an all-conference player and now to a professional. He truly deserves all of his success."
Ching turned in an outstanding year at short stop for the Rams this season as he finished tied for third on the team in batting average (.310), hits (71) and RBIs (42). His 49 runs scored was also the second-highest mark on the team while his career-high six homeruns were tied for first. Additionally, Ching was a threat on base as well, recording a career-high 17 stolen bases while posting .404 on-base percentage.
Ching helped lead the Rams to a 39-19 overall record and the Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season title. VCU's 19-5 record in conference play was the best mark in the A-10 and earned the team the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Ching earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team honors for his stellar play this season.
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Gillispie will now head to Los Angeles as the newest member of the L.A. Dodgers franchise. He leaves VCU after an outstanding career in which he compiled 195 career hits and 11 homeruns, on a career .283 batting average. He also contributed 118 total runs scored while plating an additional 121. Ching appeared in a total of 189 games for the Rams, and rounds out his collegiate career with 250 putouts and a .951 fielding percentage.