SECAUCUS, N.J. — Reese Berberet and Connor Sparks - two baseball players who signed National Letters of Intent to play at Sacramento State last fall - were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft.
Berberet, a third baseman from Fallbrook, Calif., has spent the last two seasons at Long Beach City College. After a strong freshman season in which he hit .282 with six home runs and 43 RBIs, he had an even better sophomore campaign. In 40 games, Berberet hit .340 with 18 home runs and 10 doubles. His 18 home runs were 13 more than the next player on his team while his 43 RBIs were almost double of the next closest hitter. He also slugged a team-high .759.
The right-handed hitting Berberet signed an NLI committing to Sacramento State last November, before his breakout season with Long Beach City. On Wednesday, he was drafted in the 17th round (516 overall) by the Colorado Rockies.
Sparks, a six-foot-five right-handed pitcher out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, was recently named the 2017 SASK Sports Youth Male Athlete of the Year, an award given out by Sask Sport Inc. to celebrate Saskatchewan amateur athletes. Playing for Team Saskatchewan, Sparks helped lead his team to gold at the Canada Games before competing with the U18 Canada baseball team. As a 17-year-old, Sparks was ranked fifth out of 160 players at the Roberto Alomar Tournament 12 Showcase.
Like Berberet, Sparks signed an NLI committing to Sacramento State this past November. On Wednesday, he was drafted in the 26th round (785 overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers.