SAN DIEGO — A four-year baseball star at Calexico High School and at San Diego State University, Calexico native Carlo Cota will begin a new chapter in his life as he embarks on his journey toward Major League Baseball.
The Toronto Blue Jays helped Cota take the first steps toward "The Show" around noon Wednesday as they selected him within the 33rd round of the MLB first-year players' draft, making the 21-year-old Cota the 986th selection overall.
"It's just great to be drafted. I still can't wipe the smile off my face," said Cota, a 1998 graduate of Calexico High. "I've played baseball my whole life and I look at this as the newest chapter in my baseball career."
As SDSU's second baseman, Cota was in the top five on the team with 114 putouts, 177 assists and 36 double plays fielded. At the plate, he finished with a .341 batting average and led the Aztecs with 91 hits, 26 doubles and five triples. He also had a .498 slugging percentage (fourth on the team), was second with 133 total bases, 57 runs scored, 49 RBI and walks with 35.