June 14, 2017
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall junior infielder Tyler Ratliff was selected with the 524th pick in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon.
“Tyler [Ratliff] is one of the best positional players that we’ve had in the program,” head coach Jeff Waggoner said. “He has helped elevate the program to new heights. I’m so excited for him to have the opportunity to play professionally or to return for his senior season.”
Ratliff became the ninth highest draft selection in program history. The Alexandria, Va., product joins Aaron Blair (2013, first round, 36 overall), Joe Goddard (1971, eighth round, 175 overall), Jeff Montgomery (1983, ninth round, 212 overall), John McKinney (1985, 11th round, 278 overall), Greg Williams (2011, 12th round, 384 overall), John Chafin (1988, 18th round, 457 overall), Isaac Ballou (2013, 15th round, 466 overall) and Joe Church (2012, 17th round, 525 overall) as the 10th Herd player to be selected in the first 20 rounds of the draft.
Ratliff is the 20th Marshall player to be drafted under the tutelage of coach Waggoner, since taking over the program in 2007. He is the 30th player to ever be selected in Marshall University history.
The infielder appeared in and started in 53 games at third base this past season for the Thundering Herd. Ratliff held a .295 batting average with 62 hits and 47 RBIs. He led the Herd with 53 runs. Ratliff also recorded 15 doubles, 11 home runs and three triples. He tallied 15 multi-high games, including six games of a season-high three hits. He posted a season-best five RBIs against Niagara on March 11.
Ratliff made four appearances on the mound as a junior. He held a 1-0 record and recorded three saves. His lone win came against No. 25 Southern Miss on March 24.
Ratliff was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Mideast All-Region Second Team and was a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week as a sophomore. He finished the season with a .327 batting average, 66 hits, 35 runs and 47 RBIs.
Texas Rangers Farm System
Triple A (Pacific Coast League) – Round Rock Express
Double A (Texas League) – Frisco RoughRiders
Class A Advance (Carolina League) – Down East Wood Ducks
Class A (South Atlantic League) – Hickory Crawdads
Class A Short Season (Northwest League) – Spokane Indians
Rookie-Short Season (Arizona League) – AZL Rangers