2017 MLB Draft: Rhody’s Chris Hess Taken in 17th Round by New York Yankees

If you had Chris Hess as the first URI player drafted, come forward and collect your prize. The infielder was selected in the 17th round.

The first Rhode Island Ram is off the board. Rhody second baseman Chris Hess was selected in the 17th round (512th overall) by the New York Yankees this afternoon as part of the 2017 MLB Draft. Today is the third and final day of the 40-round draft, with the final 30 rounds coming this afternoon. Hess is the first Ram taken since catcher Chase Livingston was drafted by the Royals last year.

If you followed Rhody baseball this season, this pick shouldn’t come as a surprise. Hess batted .347 this season with eight home runs and 48 RBI over 53 games. For his career, the red-shirt junior hit .317 with 17 homers and 111 RBI. He also logged 46 career doubles and 19 triples in Keaney Blue. And he’s a local kid. Hess hails from North Kingstown and played his high school ball at North Kingstown High.

For his performance this season, Hess was recently named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America District I Player of the Year. Hess was also honored as the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division I Player of the Year. And oh by the way, he was named First Team All Atlantic 10 this season while also earning a spot on the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) First Team. So it’s safe to say the Yankees have got themselves a ballplayer.

Hess will now have exactly one month to sign with the Yankees (or opt to return to URI for his senior season, which is unlikely). The signing deadline is July 15th.