WESTMINSTER, Md. – Harold Baines, Jr. (St. Michaels, Md./St. Michaels), a senior on the McDaniel College baseball team, has been drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 45th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Thursday.
Baines, a two-year starter for the Green Terror, becomes the first player taken from McDaniel in the 45 years of the draft. Drafted as a left fielder with the 1,363rd overall pick, he will attempt to become the sixth player in program history to play professional baseball.
Former Green Terror pitcher Mike Draper is the only other player with ties to the program to be selected. Draper, who played for then-Western Maryland for one season (1985), was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1988 from George Mason. Draper had 29 appearances on the mound for the New York Mets in 1993.
Stan Benjamin, Larry Boener and Glenn McQuillen all played Major League Baseball before the draft was instituted in 1965.
John Vandernat spent the 2002 season playing for the Springfield/Ozark Mountain Ducks of the Central Baseball League, an independent league.
Baines, a second-team All-Centennial Conference selection in 2009, had a .349 batting average in his two seasons at McDaniel. He finished with 88 base hits, including a program-record 48 in 2009. He also matched the program record with 11 doubles as a senior while adding three home runs for a .531 slugging percentage. His 34 runs scored in 2009 paced the team. He ranked second on the squad with 26 RBIs. For his career, he had 47 RBIs, 55 runs scored, 17 doubles, five triples and three home runs after transferring from Randolph-Macon prior to the 2008 season.
Baines will attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps and don a major league uniform. Baines, Sr. played 22 years in Major League Baseball, including 14 with the White Sox, where is in his fourth season on the coaching staff and second as the first-base coach. The elder Baines, a six-time all-star, had a .289 career batting average with 384 home runs and 1,628 RBIs.